Thursday, July 11, 2019

Hero Hues Reactive Ink Collaboration with Jenny Hall

Hello stamping friends! Are you feeling blendy today? Well, my good friend, Jenny Hall, and I decided to do a collaboration with the Hero Hues Reactive inks.

She created a panel and sent it to me to create a project with.

And I made a video of the whole thing! Check it all out here.

I believe the inks Jenny used were Lemon Drop and Splash. I used a bunch of stuff from Hero Arts.

The Reef Border fancy die is so detailed and beautiful, it takes center stage.

And there is lots of shimmer on this, thanks to Clear Wink of Stella.

Jenny's blog post is here:

And her video is here:

For your convenience, here is the supply list.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Simple Galaxy Texture

While I was looking through my stash for a good sentiment for a project the other day, I stumbled on the Milky Way fancy frame die from Hero Arts. I had just received the July 2019 Wacky Holiday of the Month stamp set from Kindred Stamps, and it happens to be World UFO Day. A match made in the heavens!!

Isn't he adorable?! I haven't colored anything is a while, I hadn't even realized that I missed it.
Copics used:
  • Alien: YG21, YG03, YG25, YG17
  • Spaceship: W1, W2, C00, C2, B16, B28, R46, 437

I did a video of the card process, so check that out for all the details.

The galaxy patterned paper I used was from the Kindred Stamps Space Heroes limited edition box that came out last fall. It is really heavy, like 110# cardstock! I had not used any of it before, but this project seemed the perfect time to start.

I used the Marbled TurnAbout from Concord and 9th with White Satin Pearl embossing powder to create the textured oval behind the Milky Way fancy frame die cut. I can't say enough how much I love that embossing powder. Pure magic! There are several marbled background stamps you could use for this technique, and I have linked a few below.

The black cardstock is embossed with a retired Stampin' Up! embossing folder, but Kaiser Crafts has an almost identical one. It happens to be on clearance at right now!

I used a sentiment from the Space Heroes stamp set (which again, was a limited edition) with Versafine Onyx Black ink. The spaceship is stamped with Weathered Wood Distress Oxide.

One of my favorite alien movies is Independence Day, what's yours?

Some of the supplies listed are affiliate links, some are not. All are for your convenience. If you use an affiliate link here to make a purchase, I may get a small compensation. I only use things that I love, and do not create paid posts.

Sunday, June 23, 2019


Sometimes I just want to play with all the "somethings" in my craft room. This weekend, I felt like playing with pineapples. And holy cow, there are a lot of pineapples up in here!! This is a long post, but hopefully worth it.

Look at that pile of pineapple cards! Can you believe it? I will link below to all of the supplies that are current at this time.

Let's start with this one. The focal image is from the July 2017 Spellbinders Kit of the Month (still available), and the dies are from the July 2017 Die of the Month kit. That embossing folder, love. Just love.

Look at that pineapple-like texture!! Some Pale Gold Nuvo Drops too.

The background here is an Altenew stencil with Lemon Drop Hero Hues ink. The pineapple is a retired Stampin Up background stamp with Distress Oxides and a watercolor technique.

The sentiments are from the March 2018 My Monthly Hero (still available) with their coordinating dies. Some Brass heat embossing. Then I used some Perfect Bronze Perfect Pearls to spatter on the background.

And stamped the pineapple inside too.

Smooshing and the same monstera leaves. Same colors. Banner from Concord and 9th, sentiment and word die from the retired Sweet Cupcake stamp set from Stampin Up.

I used that embossing folder again too.

This pineapple stamp is from the retired Pop of Paradise set from Stampin Up.

Concord and 9th Pop Art Pineapple set. Papel Picado cover die from Hero Arts.

Is that little flower not perfect?!

Inside the card.

Similar card, same stamp set.

Close up of my not quite perfect stamping.

Last card! This pineapple is from the June 2019 My Monthly Hero, which has its own die! I used the Daniel Smith watercolor card in th kit to color these also.

I used two cover plate dies for this card. The Papel Picado from Hero Arts and Bold Borders: Diagonal Stripes from Papertrey Ink.

This sentiment is from the CZ Designs set Hello You.

Phew! We made it! What do you think? Are you ready to go shopping in your stash? Or in the links below!


Saturday, June 15, 2019

#tanyasblends: Unicorn Mist

Hey friends! I am back with another #tanyablends creation! This is actually the first blend that I shared on Instagram, but the second card I made with the blends I made that day.

Here it is! Don't you love it?! Here are the colors, if you don't read upside down. You know, I thought everyone could do that! Turns out, not so much. Just more proof that I am weird 😉
  • Milled Lavender
  • Victorian Velvet
  • Seedless Preserves

This is a video I made of this card from start to finish. CHeck it out for all the nitty gritty details.

 This is a fairly limited supply card. I only used one stamp set, believe it or not!

I used coasters for all of the dimension. I am trying to convert more of you to the Earth friendly and superior performance alternative to foam tape and Fun Foam!

I used some pretty crystals form Studio Katia to cover up my clumsy fingerprints.

I even stamped with Oxides on the inside. So awesome!!

Don't forget to use the #tanyasblends tag when sharing on social media so we can all see what you make.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

#tanyablends: Soft Sunrise with Ink Road Coffee

A few days ago, I had just finished working five 12+ hour shifts in a row, and was feeling the need for a creative refreshment, but had no real ideas on what to create.

Thankfully, there was a box sitting next to me with shipments from and Amazon with 48 Distress Oxide pads and reinkers that I needed to complete my collection. So, I decided to do some ink blending as it does not require much thought for me. I love playing with color, and sometimes, that is the most relaxing and joyful thing in the world for me.

I ended up creating a stack of blended panels, and used every single color at least once! And I will be sharing them with all of you, one at a time. I also hope to create a card with each of these panels to share at the same time.

This blend reminds me of a soft sunrise, and I love it! These were all blended onto #80 white cardstock using blending sponges, then spattered with water. Here are the colors I used:
  • Tattered Rose
  • Tea Dye
  • Rusty Hinge

And here is what I made with that panel! I decided to use another item that arrived while I was working: Mug Life from The Ink Road. I love me a snarky stamp set!

I also used a coverplate die from the July 2018 My Monthly Hero kit to cut the rays into the panel. It is spattered with some Copper Perfect Pearls, and dotted with Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops.

The cups are colored with Copics and fussy cut. The sentiment in Copper heat embossed on a label die cut with a die from the July 2018 Spellbinders Kit of the Month. 
  • Yellow cup:Y15, YR15, YR18, W0, W1
  • Red cup: R05, R24, R29, E50, E53, W0, W1
  • Orange cup: YR61, YR65, YR68

Inside gets some love too! I blended the same colors inside with the Tim Holtz Rays stencil, then stamped the sentiment with the Hero Arts Vintage Ombre Metallic Rust ink pad.

I totally played with all kinds of things, new and old, from my craft room here, and that is why we build our stashes 😉

What will you do with this blend? Be sure to use the #tanyasblends tag when you post to social media so we can all see what you create!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Stamp Review Crew: Daisy Delight
Hello friends! We are back with more fun with stamps, and this time we are using Daisy Delight. This set was a hit a couple years ago when it first came out, and is still a popular set. There is a new set coming that coordinates with it in the new Annual Catalog, called Daisy Lane.

Hopefully, we are going to show you a bunch of new ways to use this set today.

If you are following along in order, you just arrived from the lovely Cindy Elam's blog. Such a charming card, right?!

I was feeling purple today, and took a panel I had been practicing the smoosh technique on as the starting point for this card. I used the new Hero Hues Reactive ink in Thistle for the smooshing, but it is a very close match to Highland Heather. Which is what this image reminds me of here! Can't you just smell it in the wind?

I used Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather for the purple stamping, and Pear Pizzazz for the green.

Stitched Rectangles dies and actual stitching on the layers, and the Subtle embossing folder all played a part in this card.

Inside got more of the same stamping.

I hope this made you look at this stamp set in a new way, and provides some inspiration.

 Let's go see what Dawn Tidd has in store for us!

Some of the supplies listed below are affiliate links, some are not. If you use an affiliate link here to make a purchase, I may get a small compensation. I only use things that I love, and do not create paid posts.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

New Hero Hues Rctive Inks vsw Distress Oxides

I was so excited to get my hands on the new Hero Hues Reactive Inks that I ordered them in the first hours that they were available on May 22nd. There were some reactive inks in a few of the My Monthly Hero kits over the last year, so I had gotten the opportunity to play with them a bit. Enough to know that I wanted more!

I did make a video that shows all the nitty gritty details.

I started with solid image and line art image stamping with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and Creamsicle Hero Hues inks. I also did clear heat embossing over the inks. The stamps are from Concord and 9th Peek-Through Patterns and Little Love Tag.

This is an even finer lined image with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide and Taffy Hero Hues.

These were blended, then smooshed, and layered. Worn Lipstick/Taffy, Festive Berries/Fruit Punch, and Wilted Violet/Grape Slush are the colors. 

Same colors used as watercolor paint on watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink. 

Then I tried stamping on black cardstock with Fossalized Amber Distress Ink and Lemon Drop Hero Hues. 

Same colors on Kraft cardstock. 

Last, but not least, a watercolor wash with spritzing and smooshing.

I love these both, and they are very similar. I would say that the difference is that the Hero Hues are more vibrant and the Oxides have that awesome chalkiness. Yes, you need both 😁

Here are some convenient links to the products I used here, check them out!


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