A Blog Named Hero new challenge for May 2021

Hello crafty friends,

Today’s the first day of the month, that means that there is a new challenge on A Blog Named Hero, and as I’m in the team, I made a card to inspire you and motivate everyone to make a card to have fun, and have a chance to win a 50$ gift card from Hero Arts. 😊

This month theme is “Shaped card” and I was excited about it, because that was a Challenge for me, as I didn’t do a lot of shaped cards in my cardmaking experience.

As we are on my blog, I’m going to talk about something more personal, but I just discovered “Aphantasia”, thanks to a friend, and I think I am aphantasic.
According to Wikipedia definition :
Aphantasia is the inability to visualize mental images, that is, not being able to picture something in one’s mind. Many people with aphantasia are also unable to recall sounds, smells, or sensations of touch”.

That was a big news, to know that people can actually really visualize things in their mind.

If you want to know if you are aphantasic, there are some tests on the website, as I’m “new” in this, I don’t know if I should see a doctor.

If you want to know what I’m talking about, if I ask you to think of an apple, could you imagine it ? The shape, color…? If you don’t see anything, then you’re probably aphantasic, but most people do see things.
That is explaining sooo many things in my life and my logic, memory etc…That’s interesting to learn that because I know I can’t visualize a card, before making it… I just know that some things could go well together when I see them, but it’s more about logic and memory…

So, let’s go to the making process of those shaped cards !

As I have rectangle infinity dies (that doesn’t count as a shape, as it’s a normal card shape, circle infinity dies and ornaments infinity dies from Hero Arts, I thought I would like to make something with my circle dies, and find a twist to use them.

So I thought I could make rainbow cards with those. I checked on google images rainbows to get “inspiration” and I knew how I would achieve that.

I first selected the colors : cranberry, pumpkin, mustard, kiwi, paradise, lapis and amethyst cardstocks from Hero Arts.
Then I die cut the circles from a big shape to a smaller one.

I’m going to explain you what I did, but I recommend another way to make those cards to be sure to not ruin them or your paper cutter.

– I glued all the rounded shaped cardstocks on each other to make one round shape and then cut it in half, but it wasn’t very good for my trimmer, neither for the cardstocks.

I recommend cutting them one by one in half, and then glue them one top of each other. For the safe of your trimmer ! 😉

– On one of those half pieces, I used embossing ink and sparkle embossing powder from Hero Arts to make a shiny rainbow.

– On 2 pieces of black cardstock I use gold embossing powder and white embossing powder that heat setted with the sentiment “thank you” from January 2020 kit.

– I glued the 2 pieces with the sentiment on each bottom part (in the middle) of the rainbows.

– I used a piece of gold glitter carstock that I diecut with a smaller circle from the infinity dies set to create a sun, and fussy cut some tiny rectangles to create the sunrays. I glued those on both rainbows.

– On the rainbow without sparkles I wanted a cloud, so I diecut some white paper with Hero Arts with one of the dies from the cloudy sky scene fancy set.

– On the other rainbow (with the sparkles) I glued embellishments from December 2018 kit from Hero Arts, which is not available anymore). You could use other ones.

– To finish the card I die cut 2 circles at the same size than the cranberry cardstock (the bigger one from the rainbows) from Hero Arts white cardstock, and used my scorpal to fold them,to create the card bases, and then I glued each rainbow on top of each cardbase.

I wish you a good month !

Take care.

Anne-Laure

« Claude Monet » Inspiration

Bonjour (Hello) ! 🙂

Today,

I’m sharing with you this new card I made being inspired by Claude Monet’s art.
I got a peaceful feeling when I see his paintings.

First, let me explain a short story about the way I connected with this painter.
When I was a child (maybe 5 years old), my parents received a post card (it’s funny to think about it now that I’m making some) and the printed picture on it was « The Poppy Field » by Claude Monet.
I loved so much poppies (we had some around our house, in the fields, but they were rare, and I loved their red color (and black inside) and their delicacy when they moved with the wind.
I was so in love with this post card that I wanted to draw it right away. I was an active child, running everywhere, going outside, inside, playing with my swing in the garden (when I was happy or sad, I just run to this swing), it helped my energy to be « balanced » I guess.
That are good memories from my childhood.
I’m explaining this because my parents couldn’t believe their eyes to see me drawing without moving for at least 3 hours, I took the time to draw each poppy in its place. One of my uncle is a copyist, that’s maybe why I had the idea to copy this painting.
My parents were amazed by my achievement.
That was my first connexion with Claude Monet’s art.

Now let’s go to the supply I used for this card. ( the links shared are not affiliated links but they are meant to help you find the products ).

To make this card I used Hero Arts products and Ranger/Tim Holtz ones.

Could you guess which ones now ?
I’m gonna share them bellow next picture. Take your time, if you want to guess what are those products by looking at this picture.

Those are the stamps sets, inks and the die that I’ve used :

– For the lily Pond (which represents the most famous paintings from Monet’s art), I used Hero Arts : Lily pond heroscape with fog reactive ink, from Ranger : peeled paint distress oxide ink, blueprint sketch oxide ink, chipped saphire oxide ink, spun sugar oxide ink. I used the unicorn white pigment reinker ink to create clouds in the water with a Q-tip ( using a Q-tip is an amazing idea I found on Stampscapes videos, chekc that, you will love the videos from Kevin and his products).

– For the bridge, I used the die from Hero Arts : My monthly Hero kit April 2019 I love this kit and it’s still available ! 🙂
I used mini distress ink pad Hickory smoke and gently rubbed it on my diecut.

– For the bushes I used the cherry tree stamp (just the top parts) from My monthly hero March 2020 (which was sold out unortunately). But if you have this kit, it’s a new way I found to use it to create bushes. I think I used the same inks that for the water lilies and I added alcohol markers and polychromos pencils on top of the leaves.

– To make the sky, I used salty ocean distress oxide ink and blueprint sketch oxide ink that I blended together.
Then I used My monthly Hero Arts December 2020 kit (sold out) clouds stamps with unicorn pigment ink and spun sugar oxide ink for the second layer.

– The sentiment comes from My monthly Hero Arts July 2019 kit with mini distress ink pad salty ocean.

I wish you a beautiful day and a happy spring time.


Art of Albara

A Blog Named Hero Anniversary

Hello !

Here is a new post and I hope you’re going to like it. 😊

We are celebrating the 9th anniversary of A Blog Named Hero and that’s a perfect coincidence as the theme of our Challenge this month is “Anniversary”.

Good news : there is a hop on Instagram from @ablognamedhero : https://www.instagram.com/p/CNIz3PcMEei/ and you have the chance to win a 50€ gift card if you follow the rules which are in the description (click on the link).

You have another chance to win one of the 2 gift cards from Hero Arts ( 50$ and 25$).
I really encourage you to participate to this challenge because it’s really fun.

For this theme, I made a card for the 8th anniversary with my boyfriend, it’ll be on the 22nd of June.
As the world lives a crazy thing, called “Covid” since 2019/2020, I wanted to make something about it, but not too sad.

As we met each other in a Swing bal (yes, we are swing dancers), I chose my monthly hero kit from February 2019 (I love it, and it’s still available on their website), as it was the perfect one to celebrate our anniversary.

For the background I used a sand cardstock, inked the stencil from the kit with cup o’ joe ink, and put some purple tape to fix the stencil on the card and used my bigshot and a silicone mat to dry emboss it.

Then I stamped the woman and the man in the center of the card (where there was no ink) with black ink, I used a black pen to finish the lines on the back of their head and colored them with my alcohol markers (I made myself blond, because, why not ? Haha)
I used some puff embossing powder to make the neckline of the woman’s coat and give some dimension, and I used some velvet powder (known as flocking powder, from what I just learned on google 😊).
I also used a black glaze pen for the men’s bow tie to add some shine.

Some small papers where waiting for me to use them on my desk (I always try to not waste things), so I decided to use them to make some masks. I stamped with a very light blue the faces of the couple on the small papers and then fussy cut masks and glued them with my precision glue.

I stamped the sentiment “party like it’s 1922” with black, then I crossed it out and wrote 2021,as a joke, as we are wearing masks and the situation is bad… I don’t want to make fun about it, because I know it’s terrible, and we are all suffering about it, but I wanted to make my boyfriend smile a bit.

To finish my card, I die cut some black glitter cardstock from the January 2021 kit with infinity circle dies to frame the characters, and I glued the panel on the same cardstock to make another frame around my card.

That’s it, you know it all.

Life’s complicated for everyone and I hope you could find some anniversaries to celebrate (even with Zoom or skype) and I wish you moments of joy.


Art of Albara


Hello there,

I’m happy to announce you that I’m a new member on A Blog Named Hero for 2021 !
I’ve been chosen in the end of January and I’m very glad to be a part of this awesome team.
We will have fun together this year with the challenges Linda and Michelle prepared, and I hope you will all participate. I can’t wait to see your creations ! 

So today, I’m sharing a card I made for last month challenge which was « anything goes » : I thought it was a nice way to begin this year of challenges, no pressure, just using your Hero Arts products with the theme of your choice. 

This was a Valentine’s day card that I made for my mum, as my dad used to bought her some flowers.
We miss him a lot and we’ll always will. I had the chance to have the best parents (not perfect, but perfect as much as humans can be).

I always try to not waste paper etc… and this project is cool because I found a way to make a nice card but quite simple, without wasting the paper from your diecuts, and this technique also avoid to use masking to make your background.
It’ll be clear when I’ll explain the steps. Don’t worry, it’s pretty simple.

First, I diecut 8 dies from January 2020 kit with my die cutting machine.

This kit sold out last year, but as people voted for it on 2020, Hero Arts will release the stamps and dies on the new 2021 catalog.

I used all the floral fancy dies except the butterflies and the big flower.
I diecut them from Hero Arts PS325 Hero Hues Cardstock dove white and took them appart.

Then, I used 2 inks : AF225 Red Royal Mid-Tone Shadow Ink for the petals and AF246 Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow Ink for the stems of the flowers, using direct to paper technique, which makes it really fast. I recommend to put the Red ink first, as the Mint one will soften the edge of each flower, and that will give a nice finished look.
After that, I used a white gel pen to create a light effect on each diecut.

Now you are going to understand how I used the background to not waste it, as promised.
As the diecuts are out of the white paper, they are protected from the things we are going to do on our background paper. That avoid masking and that’s great !

I used CG731 Newspaper Bold Prints stamp that I inked with AF419 Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink and embossed with the coral embossing powder you can find in the beautiful kit from July 2020, which is still available on the website.

The background is now ready and we need to glue it with GW101 precision glue (which I love !) on PS302 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock Cranberry. I made my panel small, so I centered it to create a kind of nice frame on the high and low part of it.

Now it’s time to glue the diecuts. It’s really satisfiying, as they fit perfectly in their place.
Like this, you have clean diecuts and background without using the masking technique.

To finish this card, I diecut a banner from the January 2020 Kit and stamped « Happy Valentine’s day » from the same kit, using again the embossing ink and the coral embossing powder, so everything is harmonized. I glued it down in the upper section of my panel and I finally add some NK350 Crystal clear lacquer pen on top of the white gel pen to add some dimension to the flowers and leaves and as the lacquer was kind of sticky when it dried, I used some foil ( I had with nailart) to put some red foil on it for the petals, and a silver one for the leaves. It gives a classy look.

I finally adhered this panel to a white cardbase I made from the white Hero hues cardstock.

I hope I was clear on those steps, and that you’ll have fun with our April challenge : the theme is « Floral) !

Good luck !

Art of Albara

Alex Syberia Design Holiday digi stamp release

For my first article, I share with you this special event which is happening on INSTAGRAM 🙂

Hello lovelies Albies,

I hope you’re doing good and that you and yours are healthy. Today I am participating to a HOP on Instagram.
I’m very proud to be in this team to show the beautiful new digital stamps made by Alex Syberia Design.
Please, be sure to check the text below to participate on this Instagram HOP.


GIVEAWAY

It is time to celebrate Alex Syberia Design Holiday Digi stamp release! We are celebrating the release with a fun Instagram Hop where our team unites to support new members of our crafty community and to support each other in this crazy time. Also, as you know our amazing Kathy @kathyrac from #thedailymarker30day is hosting a new coloring challenge. To celebrate there is 30% off all digital stamps at the Alex Syberia Design Etsy Store this weekend. Use code COLORING and get 30% off (the discount applies when you check out) to all designs including this new Holiday Release!
Shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AlexSyberiaDesign

We will be sharing our projects this weekend featuring The Holiday Release. Come hop with us for inspiration and of course prizes! Tag your friends and leave a comment at all the stops for your chance to WIN $20 for you and your friend to the AlexSyberiaDesign Etsy store! The more comments you leave the more chances to win. Winners will be chosen randomly from the comments left on each participating designer’s post.

All winners will be announced on Alex’s Instagram Hop post on 11/20/2020.
And we would love it if you gave us your support and gave us a follow!

Open internationally. Giveaway accounts do not qualify. This giveaway is not sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram or Facebook. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram or Facebook of responsibility, and agree to their terms of use. ……

Here is where you can find your inspiration from our wonderfully talented designers (go from the top to the bootom to see all the Hop creations) :

@alexsyberiadesign : https://www.instagram.com/alexsyberiadesign/
@nicolettaporcu.design : https://www.instagram.com/nicolettaporcu.design/
@danieldiazb88 : https://www.instagram.com/danieldiazb88/
@bonniecarollee : https://www.instagram.com/bonniecarollee/
@irishrosecreations : https://www.instagram.com/irishrosecreations/
@hannelie.bester : https://www.instagram.com/hannelie.bester/
@ritzyhag : https://www.instagram.com/ritzyhag/
@cardsmadebynatalia : https://www.instagram.com/cardsmadebynatalia/
@notableink : https://www.instagram.com/notableink/
@nonnis_cards : https://www.instagram.com/nonnis_cards/
@erica_cacacraft : https://www.instagram.com/erica_cacacraft/
@vjsjoey : https://www.instagram.com/vjsjoey/
@katerina_vorsobina :https://www.instagram.com/katerina_vorsobina/
@mauramccro : https://www.instagram.com/mauramccro/
@cardsncraftsnyc : https://www.instagram.com/cardsncraftsnyc/
@art_of_albara : https://www.instagram.com/art_of_albara/ (it’s me)
@wizardessofcards : https://www.instagram.com/wizardessofcards/
@ink.therapy.designs : https://www.instagram.com/ink.therapy.designs/
@sanjuscreations : https://www.instagram.com/sanjuscreations/
@mp.cards : https://www.instagram.com/mp.cards/
@mammacooksalot : https://www.instagram.com/mammacooksalot/
@natashavacca02 : https://www.instagram.com/natashavacca02/
@redsas : https://www.instagram.com/redsas/
@handmadebytasha13 : https://www.instagram.com/handmadebytasha13/
@ilovedoingallthingscrafty : https://www.instagram.com/ilovedoingallthingscrafty/
@crystalkomara : https://www.instagram.com/crystalkomara/
@tyoocatez : https://www.instagram.com/tyoocat/

Art of Albara