Color In Challenge – a2z Scrapbooking

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today with a new a2z Scrapbooking Challenge. The theme this month is Color In!! So grab your Hero Arts stamps that you color in with your favorite medium and get to coloring. 

Take a look at the card I created:

Joy to the World Gold (a2z)

I used Hero Arts Joy To The World stamp set to stamp the star.  Then I used Gansai Tambi Starry Colors to color the star with different colors of gold.

Once the watercolor dried, I added rhinestones to the center of each star.

Using Clearsnap ColorBox Archival Wicked Black Ink to stamp the sentiment.

Super easy.

What do you think?

I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month. You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into our challenge. By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. Winner will be announced on the 7th of August.  Good Luck!

If you would like to purchase any Hero Arts products please head on over to the store and use the coupon code KYMONA15 to get 15% off your purchase.

Supplies used:

HA Joy To The WorldClearsnap Wicked-Black

Thanks for stopping by!


Clean and Simple Stamping

Hello everyone!!  I’m on the Right At Home (RAH) blog today stamp to show you how to achieve a clean and simple stamping look.


Here is a sneak peek of my card:

Time to Celebrate Star (RAH) 1


To see the full card and get the full tutorial, please join me over on the Right At Home blog today!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Your Next Stamp June Feature Day

Hello everyone!!!  I’ here today with another YNS creation to inspire you and a chance to win a stamp set of your choice!!

On the 22nd of the month, YNS Design Team creates more samples featuring YNS products and shares them with all of you!!

The super duper awesome part of it all besides our awesome samples, you could win a stamp set of your choice!!  Now how super cool is that!!

Scroll to the bottom to find out how!!

This month we are focusing on the color “Yellow”!!  The DT created projects using the color yellow on them.

Now take a look at the card I created to inspire you:

Cheers (YNS)

YNS Supplies: Fancy Cheers Die, Stripe-tastic Star Die Set

Other Supplies: Lucy Abrams Lemon Sherbet Sparkly Shaker, Recollection Heavyweight White Cardstock, We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool, Avery Elle Storage Pockets, 3M Foam Tape

What do you think?  Let me know below.

Now on to that prize!!


All you have to do is leave a comment on the YNS blog by June 24th for a chance to WIN a YNS stamp set of your choice!!  Super simple and easy!!  You will get to see my fellow DT’s projects as well.

So head on over, you don’t want to miss this one!!

Thanks for stopping by!


{Clean and Simple} CASology 198 – Stencil

Second Post for today
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Hello everyone!!  It’s CASology Tuesday!!  We are back with another Clean and Simple Cue Card just for you!!

This week’s cue card is:

Week 198 - Stencil

Take a look at my card:

Stenciling with distress inks

I really like this cue card this week.  I love working with Seth Apter Star Stencil and the Clarity Brushes. They help to create very clean and simple cards.

Here is how I created this card:

  1. I cut the cardstock down to an A2 card size 4.25 by 5.50, scored at 5.50.
  2. I placed the stencil on top of the cardstock and used the brushes to apply the Distress Ink Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed.
  3. Then I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Dare to Dream stamp set with Versafine Black ink.

That’s it!!  It takes less then 3 minutes to create this card.

Stenciling with Clarity Brushes

Creating this card was so easy, I couldn’t help myself, made two more cards!!

Stenciling with distress ink and clarity brushes

Stenciling with distress ink and clarity brushes

Super easy, clean and simple!!

What do you think?  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

For more inspiration, check out my fellow Design Team members blog for more awesome work.

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Deidre Payne

Hannelie Bester

Hazel Hodgkins

Jacquie Southas

Jen Wills

Joyce Mehrberg

Judy Marino

Kymona Tracey

Melissa Chipperfield

Sherrie Mannion

Tracey McNeely

Guest Designer


Our sponsor this week is STAMPlorations.

Supplies used:

Clarity Brushes technostar Recollections White HeavyweightStamp set used on all cardsStenciled with these inkUsed these inks to create one of the cards

Thank you so much for stopping by!


The Ton Spring 2016 Blog Hop

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Hello everyone!!  I’m super excited today.  I was asked to participate in The Ton’s Spring 2016 Release Blog Hop!!!  Yayyyyyy!!

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I was totally siked when Effie reached out to me and asked if I would like to hop along with her team.  I jumped at the opportunity to work with her fabulous team.

Enough about my excitement, lets get started on this hop!! If you arrived here from the talented Eunji blog then you are on the right track.  If you arrived here on your own, you will want to start at the beginning, The Ton blog, as to not miss any of the amazing projects!

I’ve created two cards for this awesome hop.

Card Number One:

Happy Birthday (ton outside)

When I first saw this Bokeh Burs Star stamp set, I fell in love.  Such a pretty stamp set with so many things that you can do with it.

I knew it would look super pretty embossed with some distress inks blended on top.

Here is how this card was created:

  1. Stamp the image using Versamark ink in the center of the Recollection White Heavyweight cardstock.
  2. Apply Hero Arts White Embossing Powder on top of the stamp image and heat set. This will resist the ink that will be added on top.
  3. Lay your card flat on your table and start applying your first distress ink Mustard Seed.  Tap off before you apply your first coating of ink.
  4. Then blend the next color, Spiced Marmalade, to create a pretty blend between the two colors.
  5. Next blend the last color, Festive Berries, to create a contrast between the other colors.  Together all three of them are amazing.
  6. Make sure you cover all of the white embossing powder with the distress ink so that everything pops.
  7. Now you can stamp the sentiment in the center of the star using Versafine Ink for a clear, crisp impression.
  8. To finish the front of the card off, add several Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequin randomly.

I hardly ever stamp the inside of my cards.  I decided that this card would totally rock, with a sentiment on the inside.

Happy Birthday (ton inside)

Use Versafine ink again to stamp the sentiment for a crisp, clear impression.

What do you think?  Isn’t this set fabulous!! I think so!!

Card Number Two:

hello (ton)

Isn’t this just fabulous!!  This stamp set is called Brushed Hello.  I love everything about this card.  From the background to the “HELLO” sentiment. Everything about this card screams BOLD!!!  I love it.

Here is how to create this card:

  1. Tape down the Clarity Stencil to the cardstock so that it lays flush over the paper.
  2. Select two-three colors to blend.  The colors used above Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon.
  3. Use the Clarity Stencil Brushes to blend the colors over the stencil.
  4. Check out the video below on how I achieved that look. Its a 5 minute video from start to finish in real time.

  1. Trim the blended cardstock down to the desired size.
  2. Stamp the Hello sentiment from the Brushed Hello stamp set using Versafine Black Ink. Then stamp another sentiment if you like.
  3. Add rhinestones to finish the card front off.
  4. Adhere the card front to your cardbase using Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive. 

Finished!!  What do you think?  I love both cards using both of these stamp sets.  Such a great way to bring in Spring!!

Let me know what you think below!!  I would love to hear from you.

Your next stop on this hop is the super talented Mayline!!  You will want to see what she has come up with.


What is a blog hop without giveaway!!! In order to qualify for one of the three $25 gift codes to The Ton’s online store, you must leave a comment on each stop on the blog hop.  The comment period will close on Wednesday, April 13th at 11:59pm EST.  Winners will be chosen randomly from the comments left on all of the blogs.

Just in case you get lost along the way, here is the lineup:

The Ton
Ruby Naz
Lisa Harrolle
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Virginia Lu
Keeway Tsao
Amy Tsuruta
Emily Midgett
Laura Sterckx
Vera Yates
Laurel Beard
Enuji Jung
Kymona Tracey ← you are here
Mayline Jung

You will not be disappointed!!  Have fun hopping!!



  Bokeh Bur Star Hero Arts Clear Embossing PowderRecollections White Heavyweight Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Sequins IMG_6249 Stamp Runner Dot AdhesiveRecollections Black HeavyweightClarity BrushesClarity Stencil Leafy Swirl

Thanks for stopping by!


Super Star

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today with a watercolor card for the Pretty Pink Posh Watercolor Blog Hop!!

PPP Watercolor Blog Hop

Take a look at my card:

Super Star (CAS)

Take a look at that vibrant crimson color!!  I totally love it.  That watercolor background was so easy to create.

I used Ken Oliver Color Burst – Alizarin Crimson!!

Ken Oliver Color Burst - Alizarin Crimson

This little bottle is full of power!!  All it takes is a small amount to create the background above.

Ken Oliver has 6 colors!

Take a look at what I created:

Color Burst

Totally love this new way of watercoloring!!

Lets take a closer look at my crimson piece.


Here is how I created these watercolor pieces:

I didn’t take pictures of the crimson color, sorry about that.  You can follow with these photos below.

1. I placed my watercolor paper in a shoe box and add a good amount of crimson powder to my paper, similar to what you see in the photo below.

Water color burst 1

In this photo I added two colors inside of one.

2. I took my spray bottle and sprayed a lot of water on my paper to activate the powder.

Water color burst 2

The more water sprayed the more the color moves.  Much like the crimson I’m showcasing.

3. I used my heat tool and heat set my watercolor paper because I couldn’t wait.

4. Once the paper dried, I added fun foam behind it and added it to my card base.

5. I used Papertrey Inks Enclosed Star Die Set and die cut the star heart.

6. I added the die cut to the front of my watercolor paper with liquid glue.

7. I used Papertrey Inks Enclosed Star Stamp Set and stamped my sentiment on black cardstock using Versamark ink.

8. I added Hero Arts White Embossing Powder and heat set it.

9. I cut the strip down, flag the end and added it to the front of my card base.

The watercolor paper that I used was from The Ink Pad in Manhattan.  Its the stores paper.  Its super smooth, so I think its hot press. The weight is lighter then the Canson paper that I usually use.

That was super easy to do and all of you should give these new powders a try.

I only have one compliant.  When I add the powder to the paper, it comes out thick in some places and when wet with water, it didn’t react. So the powder stayed on top of the paper.

Look here:

color burst 3

After it dries, it doesn’t spread its just textured.  I’m  not sure what to do about this but I will figure it out.

So what do you think?  Let me know below.

Supplies used:

PTI Star Stamp Set PTI Star Die Ken Oliver Color Burst - Alizarin Crimson67f65-white2bembossing2bpowder Tombow Multi-Purpose AdhesiveFun Foam

Thanks for stopping by!


Not A Christmas Stamp…

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today with CS Take It Make It Design Team for our November Challenge!!

This month’s theme is Christmas Images using Non Christmas Stamps!!  This was a really fun technique.  I had to really shop my stash to see what stamps I have that I could use for this.

This is my first time attempting this technique and I really enjoyed it.  What was even cooler, I’m currently taking the new Holiday Card Workshop Online Card Class and Jennifer McGuire showed us how to create a card using different stamps that really wasn’t their intended purpose.

Take a look at my card:

BelieveFor this technique, you use a stamp that is NOT a Christmas image and use it to make an image that IS Christmas themed.

Here is how I created my card:

1. I used Simon Says Stamp Love This circle stamp to create my card.

2. I randomly stamped the solid circle using Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler  and retired Gumball Green Ink.

3. For the empty space, I used Papertrey Ink’s Building Blocks star and heart to fill the space in, using the same ink colors.

4. I stamped the star from Simon Says Stamp Lunch Box Notes with Versamark Ink and embossed it using Ranger Silver embossing powder.

5. I drew the stump free hand and used my Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso Marker.

6. I stamped the sentiment using Stampin’ Up! Good Greetings Stamp set that was given to me as a gift.

7.  I added some sequin from my Simon Says Stamp November Kit.

That’s all it took.  I love how it came out.

We are delighted to be sponsored this month by The Artistic Stamper.


The Artistic Stamper is a shop full to bursting with fabulous stamps, stash and ideas galore!

The prize this month is this set of stamps.


I love these border stamps!!

PLUS:The Design Team will have a look at all your gorgeous work, and choose their Top Three….. and the overall Winner will get published in Craft Stamper magazine! Yes, the winning entry will appear in the UK’s number one stamping magazine! AND: The Challenge winner will be offered a Guest Designer spot for an upcoming challenge!

So, a fab set of stamps, publication AND a guest DT slot? What are you waiting for?! Please join us this month.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Supplies used:

SSS Love ThisCherry Cobbler InkGumball Green InkBuilding Blocks Stamp Set Lunch Box Stamp SetVersaMarkRanger Silver Embossing PowderEarly Espresso MarkerStampin Up! Good GreetingSSS November Card Kit

Before I go, I want to enter this card into the card gallery for my Holiday Card Workshop Online Card Class.  My first homework!  Yeah!!


Thank you for stopping by!!