10 Minute Card // CardMaker Magazine

This is a little late, but I have a post on the CardMaker blog up, showing how to make a cute little card in less than ten minutes...

Check out the blog for more details!


Modern Ami // CardMaker Magazine

Hi all! Today I'm participating in a blog with CardMaker Magazine and CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

The kind folks at CAS-ual Fridays sent the team some stamps to play with. Today, I used the bold Mon Ami to make a bright, modern card.

I created a pattern by stamping the beautiful bloom in Hero Arts Indigo over a white card base. I then colored the blooms in with a Chameleon pen from the Cool Tones set. I was feeling pretty lazy, so the blending is definitely not as smooth as the markers can be, but I'll chalk the look up to "artsy." ;)

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark on some blue scrap paper, and then heat embossed it in white. Two of the corners were punched using a good ol' office hole puncher, and then the sentiment was adhered to the card base. Pretty simple and retro!


CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is offering four prize packages, each with a value over $40 - check out their blog for more details.


For lots of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow this hop:

Clare Prezzia (you are here!)


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Mon Ami
Ink: Hero Arts Indigo, Versamark
Other: Chameleon Cool Tones, Hero Arts white embossing powder

Tools: office hole puncher, heat gun


Manly Mangrove // Hero Arts

I realize that it might seem like there is a disturbing lack of card making going on around here, and I'm here today to inform you that that's not the case! Lots of cards get made, but I just forget to post them.
Such as the case with today's card, which was part of the Hero Arts Summer 2017 catalog.

For the card, I started off by stamping the Color Layering Mangrove stamp in its various layers, using Green Hills and Forever Green for the foliage, and Cup O' Joe and Soft Brown for the trunk. There's more little images you can add to the tree, like little creepers, but I opted not to.

Then, for a very subtle touch, I dry embossed a frame on the panel, using the Rectangle Infinity dies. I used a larger rectangle die to then cut the panel out.

The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white on a black piece of cardstock, and then I die cut it using a die from Number It Stamp and Cut set.
Finally, I adhered the stamped panel down to a Kraft card base that I had stamped in Versamark with the Scribble Bold Prints background stamp.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Michaels white, Hero Arts Kraft
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Mangrove and Scribble Bold Prints
Ink: Hero Arts Green HillsForever GreenCup O' JoeSoft Brown, and Versamark
Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Number It Stamp and Cut die


Easy Painted Background // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with a fun background-starring card...

Check out the blog for more details, and thanks for stopping in!


Favorite Cardmaking Tip // CardMaker Magazine

I'm over on the CardMaker Magazine blog today, with one of my favorite card making tips. I've picked up a lot over the course of my "lofty" card making "career," and today's is one of my favorites.

Head on over to the blog to see what it's all about!

Cards for Kids // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today, with some fun kid cards...(this is only one ;))

Head on over to the blog for more details and to see the other cards!


Tidal Background // CardMaker

Hi all! Today I'm participating in a blog with CardMaker Magazine and Craftin’ Desert Divas.

The kind folks at Craftin’ Desert Divas sent the team some stamps to play with, and for today's card, I used a little mermaid from the new July stamp set, Summer Vibin'.

If you follow my blog at all, then you might know that I am not what I call a "colorist." Copics scare the death out of me, and I only rarely use my ZIG's to color in images. I think "people" images are the scariest for me, but I just had to give this little mermaid a try.
Because the coloring itself was overwhelming for me, I decided to make it easy on myself and use the colors from THIS pin.

I stamped the mermaid in Hero Arts Black ink, and colored in with Cobalt Blue, Blue, Persian Blue, Orange, Mustard, and Bright Yellow. I then trimmed her out, and saved her for later.

For my background, I was pretty lazy and just mashed Oxide Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire together. It's my second time playing with the Distress Oxide inks, and I think I learned a little more this time - they blend easier for me. The whole "oxide" water effect isn't a huge make-or-break for me, as I like how the normal Distress Inks blend as well, but the ease of blending was definitely a plus.

I then flicked some water on, removed it with a paper towel, and once the cardstock was dried, I used the Hero Arts Waves stencil to smoosh a bunch of Versamark. I then heat embossed it with some Clear Sparkle embossing powder.

That finished up my background!

To set the stage, I die cut a window using the Oval Infinity dies, and then die cut a frame using the same die set. I adhered the navy frame to the front of the window, and then created my shaker card using some of the Craftin’ Desert Divas Carnie Sequin mix  I took all the red sequins out of the mix - that's what I love about mixes! You can totally pick which colors you like, or use the entire bunch!

I finished the card off with a bow and a matching sentiment stamped in Indigo ink.


Craftin’ Desert Divas will be hosting a giveaway on their blog of a $75 CDD Shop credit.


For loads of inspiration, follow this blog!

Craftin’ Desert Divas: http://www.craftindesertdivasblog.com


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: Craftin’ Desert Divas Summer Vibin'
Ink: Hero Arts Black and IndigoVersamarkOxide Faded JeansChipped Sapphire, ZIG
Other: Craftin’ Desert Divas Carnie Sequin mix, string, Hero Arts Clear Sparkle embossing powder

Tools: water, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Oval Infinity dies and Waves stencil


Destash for Charity

Hello all! I've had some great responses to my destashes, and I thank you all! This round will be a little different - 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.

Yay! All the bundles sold, and the donations made! Visit THIS page for more details.

Here's the goodies bundled up:

Now, here's the box/envelope values:

#1: over $100, yours for 50 - SOLD
#2: over $150, yours for 65 - SOLD
#3: over $200, yours for 80 - SOLD
#4: over $200, yours for 80 - SOLD

I'm pretty sure I managed to stick one exclusive My Monthly Hero stamp in each package, if that's any incentive. ;)

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.


CardMaker Magazine Blog Team Announcement

I am still catching up from vacation, but I am excited to announce that I will be part of the CardMaker Blog Team for the next six months!

It is an honor to be a part of this team of talented ladies! Check out their blogs and other social media accounts for oodles for creativity and inspiration!

And a big thank you Brooke and Tanya for this opportunity!


African Daisy Style // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with a bright, colorful card...

Head on over to the blog for more details and thanks for stopping by!


Chopped: Cards Edition #3 // Hero Arts

In an unprecendated turn of events, Clare is actually continuing on with one of her many card series, beyond two posts! Crazy, I know. ;)

Today's Chopped card was made for yet another blog hop, months ago. This is a super simple and easy one layer card, using minimal supplies and featuring the super cute Raining Cats and Dogs stamp set.

I think this cat and dog are just the cutest things! I stamped my sentiment first in my favorite black ink, and then the critters in Soft Granite and Charcoal. I filled in the rest of the space by stamping clouds and rain drops in Soft Pool.

It's hard to see the dimension and shine in the pics, but you can definitely tell the colors on the raindrops are slightly off. Why? I used super old Glossy Accents that had a strange greenish tint to it, as I was using a green-headed sewing pin to keep the Glossy Accents tip from drying up.

Why didn't this card make the cut? Like I mentioned above, the old Glossy Accents had a strange greenish tint to them, which through off the Soft Pool color. However, the main reason was because I just could NOT figure out how to photograph this card without it looking super washed out!


Cardstock: Michaels
Stamps: Hero Arts Raining Cats and Dogs
Ink: Hero Arts Soft Pool, Black, Soft Granite and Charcoal


Chopped: Card Edition #2 // Hero Arts

I'm here today with another "edition" of my card series, Chopped! I know, I'm surprising myself by actually continuing this "series," especially after #cardmakerprobs died so pitifully. ;)

I was experimenting with the Color Layering Hydrangea stamp for THIS blog hop months ago, and that's how today's card came to be.
First I tried a lot of different combinations with the Hero Arts Ombre ink lineup, but wasn't really feeling anything. Then I decided to play around with some Distress Inks, and I don't remember why this unusual color combo came into my mind, but I combined Shaded Lilac and Tea Dye to get a rather vintage stained hydrangea look.

I used the rock'n'roll stamp technique: I inked up the second layer of the hydrangea in Shaded Lilac, and then rolled the edges of the stamp in Tea Dye. I think this technique works best with rubber stamps, but it turned out fine here. It was a little tricky though, since I only had mini ink pads in the colors. ;)

I then lightly spritzed the stamp with water, and stamped a whole border full on some watercolor cardstock.

To top it off, I die cut a black frame using the Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies, and die cut my sentiment from the Luggage Tag Alphabet die set. Everything was doubled on another piece of cardstock, and adhered to the base.

Why didn't this card make the cut? I wasn't sold on the colors (again), and I also had the darndest time trying to photograph this card. The colors just really washed out in almost every photograph! It took me several photography "sessions" to just get the pics for this post. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Canson watercolor, Bazzill black
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Hydrangea
Ink: Distress Inks Shaded Lilac and Tea Dye

Tools: water bottle, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies and Luggage Tag Alphabet die set


Color Card Set // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with a video and a card set that I had SO much fun making!

Head on over to the blog for more details, and thanks for stopping in today!


Chopped: Card Edition #1 // Hero Arts

Things have been pretty mum around here, I realize - this summer has been crazy so far! My oldest brother is getting married a week from today, I'm visiting Ireland with four of my siblings at the end of July for ten days, retreat soon after coming back, working with my brother and dad on marketing and graphic design for their business, a flight down to Denver - these are just some of the crazy things happening! And amidst it all, most of my eight siblings and their families are making their way in and out of the family house for the celebrations. :)

So, that's what I'm up to!

Now, for the card stuff...

Between all the usual craziness, a full-time job and freelancing on the side, I don't have a whole lot of time to card making. I usually only have time to make projects that I need to make for an assignment, and no extras for blog fun.
However, while I make projects for assignments, things don't always turn out the way I want them to right away. Actually, this is usually the case. Lots of experimenting with layout, colors, techniques, etc. Sometimes the experiment looks cool, but doesn't really display what I particularly want to focus on for a blog post.
Instead of throwing it away, I'll finish it up quickly. I don't usually post these cards, but I thought it'd be fun to share some cards that I made for an assignment, and just didn't make the cut.

Welcome to Chopped: Card Edition!

For this first edition, here's a card I worked on for THIS Hero Arts blog post. I needed to try to make the lovely Wallpaper Pattern bold prints shine, so I tried heat embossing it in white and then coloring in little bits and pieces with my ZIG pens.

If I have a really pretty background, I really want it to shine, so I usually end up white heat embossing a sentiment on a small black cardstock panel, adhering it to the base, and calling it a day. However, I do that so often, that I wanted to try spicing things up.

I decided to die cut a navy panel (big stretch from black, I know ;)) with the Rectangle Infinity Dies, and then use a smaller rectangle die to cut two small windows in the panel. I left space in the middle to heat emboss a sentiment from Color Layering Graphic Flowers in white, and then used clear sequins to "shake" things up. (ha!)

So why didn't this card make the cut? Honestly, I wasn't particularly happy with how either of my cards turned out, but I decided to nix this one because I wasn't loving the colors. 

What about you? Do you often have great ideas in mind that just won't translate well to paper? 


Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering Graphic Flowers
Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder, Simon Says Stamp clear sequins

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity Dies, water and paintbrush


Colorful Safari // Hero Arts

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

For my first card today, I used the silhouette images from the main kit to create a super colorful birthday card....

I stamped the animals in Distress Oxide inks - this was my first time using them, and after this card, I feel like they should be called Distress Neon inks! They're so bright and bold! For the animals, I used Worn LipstickSpiced MarmaladeBroken China and Wilted Violet.

After stamping the animals, I took the new Tribal Prints background, misted it with water, and stamped the watery background onto the animals. After I took the stamp away, it left a cool watermark impression.

The sentiment was stamped from Birthday Celebration.

Now for my second card today, using the super fun add-on, Color Layering Brave Lion stamp set. This stamp set has so many great little accompanying images as well, like a layered crown and some bows.

For today though, I wanted to make a watercolor lion inspired by one of my best friends, who loves to watercolor. She's a bit colorblind, so most of her projects end up with lots of blue and purple hues, which make for some really neat looking projects!

I used my ZIG's to color directly onto the second layer image of the lion, misted it lightly with water, and stamped onto watercolor cardstock. To help the ink spread a little more, I misted the stamped image a bit, at an angle, for a looser look.

The sentiment is from another great add-on stamp this month, Color Layering Bengal Tigers. I heat embossed the image in gold on black, cut it out and adhered it to the card base. I tied the card off with some gold string, and a mix of purple sequins.


The supplies included in this months kit:

  • 1 6" x 8" clear stamp set
  • 9 coordinating Frame Cuts
  • 1 Fancy Die
  • 3 ink cubes (Just Rust, Mulled Wine, Moss)
  • 0.5 oz. black embossing powder 
  • 2 4" x "6" Portuguese eco-friendly cork sheets
  • 2 sheets of 5.5" x 8.5" metallic bronze paper (81 lb. text weight)
  • 2 sheets of 5.5" x 8.5" metallic quartz cardstock (105 lb. cover weight)
The kit value is $70, an amazing deal 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 loads of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow this hop! If you've been following the blog hop, then I'm your last stop, but if you haven't, here's the entire list:

  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 will reimburse the winner if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Sunday, June 11 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.


Cardstock: Canson watercolor
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China and Wilted Violet, Versamark, ZIG
Other: Hero Arts gold embossing powder and Ombre Purple sequins

Tools: heat gun, water mister


Sunset Thanks // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today with a pair of sunset themed cards...

Head on over to the blog for more details! Thanks for stopping by and God bless!


Oh Ship! + WINNER // Hero Arts

One last quick post for May! Today's card features Enjoy the Journey, fresh from the Hero Arts Summer 2017 catalog.

I started the card of by stamping the bottle, then stamping a wave in Indigo, masking off the sides. I colored in the card with some of the same blue ink that I stamped the wave with.

I love the boldness that comes from watercoloring with Hero Arts Bold Dye inks, but I will warn you not to use any fancy brushes if you try it yourself, as the ink will leave the brush with a coating.

The ship was then stamped in black and colored in with some black ink, as well as the sentiment. The sentiment is one of my favorite things about this card - with this phrase on the front, you have a lot of options for what to put in the inside.

I stamped the cork on some kraft paper, and adhered it to a kraft card base that was stamped with the String Background bold prints in Versamark.

Thanks so much for stopping in and God bless!

ETA: I am way late posting this, but the winner from the Hero Arts Summer Catalog blog hop is...


Congrats! Please contact me at ctprezzia15@gmail.com with your name and address, and I'll get your prize mailed out to you lickety-split!

The winner from my Instagram giveaway will also be announced soon, so keep a lookout for that!
Thanks so much to all who left comments, stopped by, etc - it really means so much!!


Cardstock: Hero Arts kraft cardstock, Canson watercolor
Stamps: Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey and String Background bold prints
Ink: Hero Arts Black and Indigo, Versamark


A Slothful Pair // Hero Arts

I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today, with a slothful pair of animals....(ha, I know, it's awful)

Pop on over to the blog for more details!


Many Blessings // Hero Arts

Part of the fun of making projects for assignments is that it usually takes me a couple runs to get a project I'm completely happy with, which inevitably leads a trail of stamped scraps behind. Using these scraps is a fun, relaxing little challenge for me.

For today's card, I was trying to focus on the beautiful Wallpaper Pattern stamp for THIS blog post, but I didn't end up using the background because it didn't stand out enough on it's own for me.
However, it still looked pretty stunning, stamped in Butter Bar, and topped with flowers from Color Layering For You Flowers.
The flowers were stamped in Soft Apricot, Navy, Green Hills, Fresh Lawn, Soft Purple, and Ultra Pink.

For the sentiment, I heat embossed the beautiful Many Blessings in Versamark with clear powder.  The sentiment doesn't stand out as much as I usually like to make my sentiments stand out, but I like how it works with the bright background.

For the last touch, I mixed a little bit of Sparkle embossing powder with some Martha Stewart glitter, and then heat embossed the mixture on a scrap of Sunshine layering paper. Mixing glitter with Sparkle embossing powder is a great way to get a custom color sparkle embossing powder.
I won't lie, it doesn't mix quite as well as legitimate glitter embossing powders, but hey, it works!


Cardstock: Hero Arts Sunshine layering paper, Canson Bristol
Stamps: Hero Arts Color Layering For You Flowers, Many Blessings
Ink: Hero Arts Butter BarSoft ApricotNavyGreen HillsFresh LawnSoft Purple, and Ultra Pink, Versamark
Other: Hero Arts Clear and Sparkle embossing powder, Martha Stewart glitter

Tools: heat gun


Something Magical // Hero Arts

Hey everyone! I'm here today participating in the Hero Arts Summer Catalog 2017 Release hop!

Today's hop is a special one for me, since I'm sharing two projects using stamps from the catalog that I designed. Absolute craziness!

My first card today is from the catalog, and uses the woodblock stamp I designed, Something Magical (pretty fitting title for one of my first ever stamps, eh? ;))...

I first die cut the Star Confetti die die out of scratch paper, and used this to make a mask on some Pool layering paper  I covered it with Versamark, pulled away the mask, and heat embossed the stars in clear Sparkle embossing powder.

Then, I heat embossed the sentiment in Gold on some white cardstock, and adhered some sequins.

Finally, aren't this new Unicorn Stamp and Cut so much fun? I think I'm gonna have a hard time not using these unicorns on every other project for the foreseeable future. ;) I heat embossed the unicorns in Gold, then colored them with light pink and grey ZIG's. While I hand cut them out, the set does come with coordinating dies - I just didn't have them on hand.
I adhered the unicorns to the card base, and that finished off the card!

Here's a video of the process...

And for my second card, using a 4x6 clear set I designed, Enjoy the Journey, which was totally inspired by the ending of the animated Peter Pan (one of my favorite films all time)...

This card was literally made last minute, using leftovers from THIS project, so I'll probably revisit it later, as I love the idea, just not particularly the execution.

I just posted a video on the Hero Arts blog the other day on how to make the background. It also used the fun Star Confetti die, as well as Fresh Peach, Ultra Pink, Navy and some Grape Juice to really make it pop. It was, of course, also heat embossed with clear Sparkle embossing powder.

The sentiment is a mix from the new Unicorn Stamp and Cut and Birthday Celebration, heat embossed in white. I was really lazy with this banner, but dangit, I needed to stick a sentiment somewhere on that card! The ship felt too lonely without it! Maybe some fish or birds next time....

Gah, I love how this ship die cuts! The sails were topped with Wink of Stella, and because I'm fool enough to be making a project and video in the wee hours of the morning, I went all out and added some more clear Sparkle powder to the bottom of the die cut vellum clouds.

One last design bit: whenever I design anything from scratch, I like to have mood boards on Pinterest. HERE's a link to my mood board for the Enjoy the Journey stamp set - hopefully it will spark your creativity!

Lastly, but not least, I wanna give a huge thanks to Hero Arts for letting me have this opportunity! You guys are the bestest!


Hero Arts is giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Hoppers, please comment by Wednesday, 5/24 at 11:59pm PT and Hero Arts will announce the winner the following week.

Also, because I got some duplicates in my last box, I'm also giving away the Color Layering Mangrove with ink set to one lucky commenter. Just comment on this post by Wednesday, May 24 at 11:59 EST for a chance to win! I will also be giving away an Enjoy the Journey stamp set on my Instagram, so be sure to look out there.
Winners will be announced here and on my Instagram.


For loads of inspiration and a chance to win a prize, follow this hop!


Something Magical card
Cardstock: Hero Arts Pool layering paper, Canson Bristol
Stamps: Hero Arts Unicorn Stamp and Cut and Something Magical
Ink: Versamark, ZIG
Other: Hero Arts clear Sparkle and Gold embossing powders, sequins

Tools: heat gun, Hero Arts Star Confetti die

Magical Birthday card
Cardstock: Canson bristol
Stamps: Hero Arts Enjoy the JourneyUnicorn Stamp and Cut and Birthday Celebration
Ink: Hero Arts Fresh PeachUltra PinkNavy and Grape Juice, Versamark
Other: Hero Arts White embossing powder

Tools: heat gun, Hero Arts Enjoy the Journey dies and Raining Fluff dies


Two Backgrounds in One + VIDEO // Hero Arts

Hello! I’m over on the Hero Arts blog today with a sparkly duo…

Check out the blog for more details! Thanks for stopping in!