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Saturday, March 12, 2022

Supporting Ukraine Fundraiser & Blog Hop

Hi friends. Today I'm joining the Hero Arts team for a special blog hop. We are honoring Ukraine, and our friend Yana Smakula. I worked with Yana for many years when she was part of the Hero Arts Creative Team. She is such a wonderful, talented, sweet person. I watch in horror to see what is happening to her beautiful country. She is on my mind nonstop.

Hero Arts has created a new printable file that can be purchased, downloaded and printed. All revenue from this digital stamp set will be donated to the Ukranian Red Cross. It's a beautiful sunflower image and coordinating messages.

I created a card today using the download. I actually just printed it out on regular printer paper and colored it. I was just testing it at the time, but I decided to go forward and put it onto a card. It worked great! But many printers (mine included) also allow you to print directly onto cardstock. For mine, I need to use the back feeder to run the cardstock through. Here is my card...

I colored the gorgeous sunflower image with my Copic markers and then fussy cut. I found an ink-smooshed background in my stash, and stamped over it with the Novel Prose background stamp. I also did a little ink blending through my Floral Tile stencil, and added a die cut Oval Woodgrain Frame.

The sunflower is part of an entire collection of products Hero Arts has gathered together into the Support Ukraine collection. To honor Ukraine, and help counter the devastation and destruction, they are donating 100% of our net profits from sales of this Support Ukraine collection. Funds will be donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross for immediate, on-the-ground help. And they will continue our fundraising efforts to also support the long-term rebuilding that will be required to restore schools, roads, homes, and the spirit of the Ukrainian people.

I'm joining a blog hop today, let's see what the others are sharing.

Thanks for stopping by,

I do not use affiliate links on my blog. But here are the thumbnails that can be clicked on to purchase these Support Ukraine products:
Giving Sunflower Digital Download |...
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AF341 Indigo Bold Ink | Hero Arts
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AF331 Dandelion Bold Ink | Hero Arts
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CM411 Sunflower Field HeroScape |...
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DI737 Sunflower Field HeroScape Frame...
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CM496 Good Vibes | Hero Arts
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K6289 Hero Florals Sunflower Stem |...
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K5517 Tall Wheat | Hero Arts
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Monday, March 7, 2022

March 2022 My Monthly Hero Release!

Hello and welcome to the March 2022 My Monthly Hero release blog hop! This month's release is so much fun - it's a trip to the art museum. The main kit includes a stamp set with images of paint splatters, which are so much fun to ink up. But especially fun are the four bold embossing powders in the kit, which can be layered on top of each other.

There is also a fabulous die in the kit, that can be used in so many ways. I was inspired to leave the art museum and travel to the aquarium!

For my fish, I stamped on an old alcohol ink panel I had in my stash. I didn't love the panel on it's own, but when used as a base for my fish it's so much fun!

For the frame, I inked it up with my Copics. The coral is die cut from ...

I made a bunch of card using that fabulous frame, pairing them with bits and pieces of backgrounds I've had in my stash.

Well that was fun! :) 

Now it's time to hop. Go visit these amazing artists and see what they've created!

And grab your kit before they are gone!

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Hero Arts Spring 2022 Release Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome! Today I am hopping along with the Hero Arts team to launch the big 2022 Spring Catalog! There are so many fantastic new goodies in this catalog - if you just stumbled upon my blog, I highly recommend you start back at the Hero Arts blog post and take it all in!

For my first card today, I used this GORGEOUS new Magnolia Branches Cover Plate die. Being from Georgia, they had me at the mention of magnolias. But being ME, I went and made it purple, nothing like an actual magnolia. But there are no rules in art, right? And actually, there are some rather hot pink magnolia blossoms out there, so this isn't THAT far off.  🙂

I used my Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors to paint the cut out piece, then rubbed a little Sparkle Clear Lacquer Pen onto the base of each blossom. The greeting was added by die cutting messages from the new Celebrate Words Fancy Dies set. There are three different word die sets in this release, similar to the ones I used. I love them, I'll be using them again and again! I cut them from silver glitter paper for my card, with a vellum offset shadow - which all proved a bit difficult to photograph.

For my second card, I had fun with a whole bunch of bees from the Sweet As Honey stamp set and coordinating dies. You may recognize this adorable chunky bee - he was part of the January 2021 My Monthly Hero kit, which won the "favorite kit" poll last October and became a new product in this catalog release. Yay!

I arranged the die cuts on a panel of Adriatic cardstock, which was in turn mounted on Cranberry. Little hearts were die cut and added to each bee, and bit of Wink of Stella on the wings finished off the card.

Now it's time to hop! There is so much fabulous inspiration on this hop, you won't want to miss it! Hero Arts will give away THREE $50 gift cards, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, February 20 at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you'll have to win!

Everything is at Hero Arts and ready to ship, other than the new (AWESOME!) tools. They will be available in March. (Hint! Look up the tools on the Hero Arts website & sign up to be notified when they come into stock - that way you won't miss them, AND there's a fun surprise happening when you sign up!)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, January 10, 2022

January 2022 My Monthly Hero Release + Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome! Today is launch day at Hero Arts for the January Monthly Release! Today I'm featuring some purple goodness.

This first card was made with items from the main January My Monthly Hero kit. I used the key hole coverplate as a background element by simply putting a mat over the area of the key hole. The ornate details of the coverplate make a great border.

I turned the leafy branch into something more like wisteria using Hero Arts Orchid Bold Ink and Amethyst Pigment Ink on a Cup O' Joe double-stamped branch. There is a bit of Pool Party Reactive Ink blended onto the background, and the message was done with Onyx Pigment Ink and then clear embossed.

For my next card, I worked with the Peony Bunch stamp set, dies and coordinating stencils. I inked them up again using Orchid Bold Ink and Amethyst Pigment Ink. The leaves are Green Apple Reactive Ink.

The background was lightly blended with more Orchid ink, then topped with one of my favorite bits in this release, the Chain Linked Fancy Die. I die cut it a couple times from gold Glitter Paper.

Today's I'm participating in the release blog hop! The next stop is Lydia Fiedler. Here's the complete hop list:
Comment on the stops along the hop, every time you do you're entered into the drawing for a $50 gift card. You have until Sunday, January 16th to enter.

This gorgeous new release begins shipping this Friday, January 14, and continues the following week.

I'll be going over the launch tomorrow - Tuesday, January 11th - at 3pm et on the Hero Arts Facebook page. I hope to see you in the comments!

Happy Stamping!

Click on the images below to shop this entire release. I don't use affiliate links on this blog, but have these here so you can see all the goodies. Visit another stop on the hop to use affiliate links and support a fellow stamper!

January 2022 My Monthly Hero
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Get Them All January Add-ons
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CM604 Peonies Bunch
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DF025 Peonies Bunch Frame Cuts (D)
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SB305 Peonies Bunch Bundle
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SA190 Color Layering Peonies Bunch...
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CM603 Flower Girls
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DF024 Flower Girls Frame Cuts (C)
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SB306 Flower Girls Bundle
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CM605 Key to My Heart
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DF026 Key to My Heart Frame Cuts (C)
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SB307 Key to My Heart Bundle
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CG872 Chocolate Candy Cling
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CM606 V-Day Mini Messages
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CG873 Chain Linked Fence Bold Prints
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DF029 Chain Linked Fancy Die (C)
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DF028 Locks Fancy Dies (D)
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DF027 Hearts & Blossoms Cover Plate (F)
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DF030 Hero Lifestyle Cherub (C)
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