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Monday, January 9, 2017

January My Monthly Hero - Release + Giveaway!

It's My Monthly Hero release day over at Hero Arts! And it's a really gorgeous one!


The little mason jar is my favorite, especially with the heart stamped onto it. I added a little glitter because everything's better with glitter.


The heart of roses is super gorgeous, too!


I love that if you color them green, they can also look like succulents!





 I also love the little bouquet stamps. Being able to build your own bouquet, all wrapped in a paper, is so much fun!


The red ink in the kit is a nice, true red. I made these mini cards, all with stamps from the main kit.



Here's a peek at the full kit.


I'm part of a fantastic blog hop today:

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Yana Smakula
Shari Carroll from Simon Says Stamp
Wanda Guess
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Julie Ebersole at Ellen Hutson’s CLASSroom
May Park
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Libby Hickson (you are here!)

Be sure to comment on all of the blogs in the hop by next Sunday night (1/15 11:59pt) - Hero Arts will be giving away a kit to one lucky comment, drawn from all comments across all the blogs.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Seasons Givings Blog Hop - WINNER!

Thanks to everyone who visited my blog during the Seasons Givings Blog Hop, and for leaving your wonderful, kind comments. It really started my New Year off in a most wonderful way!

I chose the winner of my prize pack using random.org, which selected comment #134 - congratulations to Martha Harris, who said: "Your work is lovely. I am enjoying experiencing new crafters (to me) on this blog hop. Thanks!" (Jan 2, 12:45pm)

Martha, please send me an email with your mailing address and I'll get your goodies out to you!

Take care,

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Seasons Givings Blog Hop + Favorites of 2016!



Hello and welcome! And HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Today I am joining an amazing blog hop, where every single person is giving away goodies! How much fun is that? I've joined because I am so incredibly thankful anytime someone takes the time to stop by my little ol' blog. And I've been extremely lucky to be in the position to receive product from my favorite stamp company on a regular basis. I would love to send some of these fab products along to somebody else who will give enjoy them! Here's what I have for you today - a nice selection of Hero Arts goodness! Plus a little bicycle washi tape. Just because I love bikes! :D


Just leave me a comment below by next Friday, January 6 and I'll announce the winner here on my blog on Saturday, January 7.

I also wanted to reflect on some of my favorite cards from 2016. I don't blog nearly as much as I'd like. Usually I'm here when there's something new being released at Hero Arts. One of my goals for 2017 is to get inky more often, just for fun! We'll see if that happens. But here's a look at some of my favorites from the past year. As you can see, 2016 was the year I loved watercoloring...!





Now off you go - here's the list of stampers and companies! Have fun!!

Lawn Fawn
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Reverse Confetti
Taylored Expressions
Paper Smooches
Neat & Tangled
Technique Tuesday
Clear & Simple Stamps
Richard Garay
My Sweet Petunia
JustNick
Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
Sunny Studio Stamps
Inchie Arts llc
Scrapbook Update
Buttons Galore
Latisha Yoast
Julia Stainton
Chari Moss
Cristina Nunez
Wanda Guess
Vera Yates
Amy Tsuruta
Mary-Ann Maldonado
Lori Craig
Lydia Fiedler
Jenn Shurkus
Lisa Henke
Dina Kowal
Libby Hickson
Emily Leiphart
Cindy Lawrence
Kelly Klapstein
Erica Houtghton
Elise Constable
Julee Tillman
Lee Murphy
Lisa Arana
Giovana Smith
Karen Baker
Lindsay Amrhein
Dana Joy
Marcie Sharp
Megan Hoeppner
Alicia Thelin
Asia King
Debbie Seyer
Yvonne Van De Grijp
Tenia Nelson
Michelle Woerner
Christina Griffiths
Lori McAree
>Barbara Anders
Jill Hawkins
Veronica Zalis
Leigh Penner
Margie Higuchi
Amy Coose
Melody Rupple
Karen Letchworth
Heidi Ramsey Blankenship
Jennie Harper
Jodi Collins
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Gracie Chavez
Stephanie Klauck
Savannah O’Gwynn
Terre Fry
Neva Cole
Maria Levine
Misti Oblander
Ceal Pritchett

Wishing you all the best in 2017!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hero Arts Valentine's Collection Release Blog Hop


Today I'm hopping with Hero Arts as they launch their 2017 Valentine's Collection on the Hero Arts website. The new collection consists of ten fun new products - stamps, dies and even a stencil! All of the products are linked at the bottom of this post if you'd like to check them out!

I made my card today with the adorable woodblock set called Love Tattoos.


I stamped the little heart tattoo image repeatedly on watercolor paper with VersaMark ink, then embossed in black. Then I quickly watercolored around the images. The message is a new woodblock stamp called Smitten, I think it's so cute!


And now it's time to hop! Be sure to visit all of the blogs below - Hero Arts will be giving away two $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Thursday, December 15 at 11:59pm PT and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts blog.

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Yana Smakula
Mariana Grigsby
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Jana Millen
Ilina Crouse
Libby Hickson (you are here!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Hero Arts Smitten
Hero Arts Smitten
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Hero Arts Love Tattoos
Hero Arts Love Tattoos
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Hero Arts Hugs
Hero Arts Hugs
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Hero Arts Destination London
Hero Arts Destination London
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Hero Arts Destination Paris
Hero Arts Destination Paris
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Hero Arts Romeo and Juliet
Hero Arts Romeo and Juliet
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Hero Arts Truly, Madly, Deeply
Hero Arts Truly, Madly, Deeply
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Hero Arts Heart Pattern Bold Prints
Hero Arts Heart Pattern Bold Prints
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Hero Arts Love Swirls Stencil
Hero Arts Love Swirls Stencil
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Hero

Monday, December 5, 2016

December My Monthly Hero - Release + Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Hero Arts My Monthly Hero release! This month's kit and add-ons are SO MUCH FUN!! Oh my goodness I just love it - it's a great big party over at Hero Arts this month!

My card is one you can use for anything you're celebrating, really! New Year's? A wedding? A new job? A new house? I'll drink to that!


I used the new Champagne Stencil to create the background for this card. I inked it up with VersaMark, and then embossed in Platinum. The "cheers" message if from the main kit, die cut from the awesome gold foil cardstock included in the kit. I added some washi and sequins from my stash to finish it off. And that fabulous die cut piece behind my card? That's cut with the new background die add-on - Party Confetti Fancy Die.

Here's a look at the full kit. So much fun!! And I'll have all of the other add-ons linked below.



I'm part of a fantastic blog hop today:

The Hero Arts Blog
Yana Smakula
Mariana Grigsby
May Park
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Laura Bassen
Wanda Guess
Lydia Fiedler
Ilina Crouse
Julie Ebersole at Ellen Hutson's CLASSroom
Shari Carroll at Simon Says Stamp
Libby Hickson

Be sure to comment on all of the blogs in the hop by next Sunday night (12/11 11:59pt) - Hero Arts will be giving away a kit to one lucky comment, drawn from all comments across all the blogs.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero December 2016
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero December 2016
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Hero
Hero Arts Champagne Stencil
Hero Arts Champagne Stencil
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Hero
Hero Arts Party Confetti Fancy Die
Hero Arts Party Confetti Fancy Die
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Hero
Hero Arts Birthday Celebration
Hero Arts Birthday Celebration
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Hero Arts Birthday Celebration Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Birthday Celebration Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Martini Fancy Die
Hero Arts Martini Fancy Die
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Hero
Hero Arts Happy New Year Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Happy New Year Stamp & Cut
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Hero
Hero Arts Cocktail Party Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Cocktail Party Stamp & Cut
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Hero Arts Pop the Cork Stencil
Hero Arts Pop the Cork Stencil
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Hero Arts Celebration Words Stencil
Hero Arts Celebration Words Stencil
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Hero Arts Platinum Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Platinum Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts Embossing Gun
Hero Arts Embossing Gun
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VersaMark Ink
VersaMark Ink
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Hero Arts Snow Layering Paper
Hero Arts Snow Layering Paper
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Hero

Monday, November 7, 2016

November My Monthly Hero - Release + Giveaway!

It's another My Monthly Hero release day over at Hero Arts! Wow, can you believe they've been doing these kits for over a year now? Time flies when you're creating awesome kits! This month's kit took a fun DIY spin - there's a fabulous die for making do it yourself handmade ornaments (or gift boxes or treat boxes or advent calendars...!), but I used the other stamps and dies included in the kit, originally designed for decorating the sides of the ornaments.



When I saw all of the decorative triangles in development, I immediately had to suggest that they add a stump for those triangles to become trees! The stamps were designed to fit the entire sides of the diamond-shaped ornament, and the die is to make windows in the sides of the ornament, so it's smaller than the stamps. But that's no problem, you can just die-cut a smaller portion of the larger stamped triangle.


I used gold embossing powder on my little trees so this card has a lot of shine going on. The solid tree was cut from some glitter cardstock in my stash, and the gold card base is something I had on hand as well. I used one of my new favorite tools (even though it's not new!) to create the scallop border - Planner Page Edges. I'm a longtime scallop fanatic.

The little message strip was done with an optional add-on set to this month's kit called Little Messages Stamp & Cut. I really love that long, skinny banner die - I know I'll be using it all the time!


Here's a look at the main kit:


There's also another stamp & cut set called Number It, an adorable clear set Mini Christmas, and a completely fabulous Holiday Words Stencil that I cannot wait to play with!

I'm part of a fantastic blog hop today:

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Yana Smakula
Mariana Grigsby
May Park
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Ilina Crouse
Laura Bassen
Heather Ruwe
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Shari Carroll at Simon Says Stamp
Julie Ebersole at Ellen Hutson's CLASSroom
Libby Hickson

Be sure to comment on all of the blogs in the hop by next Sunday night (11/13 11:59pt) - Hero Arts will be giving away a kit to one lucky comment, drawn from all comments across all the blogs.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hero Arts Snow Layering Paper
Hero Arts Snow Layering Paper
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Hero
Embossing Gun
Embossing Gun
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Hero | SSS
Hero Arts Gold EP
Hero Arts Gold EP
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Hero
Mini MISTI
Mini MISTI
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SSS
DCWV Twinkle Glints Glitter 6x6 Stack
DCWV Twinkle Glints Glitter 6x6 Stack
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SSS
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero November 2016
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero November 2016
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Hero
Hero Arts Planner Page Edges
Hero Arts Planner Page Edges
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Hero
Hero Arts Little Messages Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Little Messages Stamp & Cut
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Hero
Hero Arts Number It Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Number It Stamp & Cut
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Hero
Hero Arts Mini Christmas
Hero Arts Mini Christmas
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Hero
Hero Arts Holiday Words Stencil
Hero Arts Holiday Words Stencil
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Hero

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