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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

September My Monthly Hero Release + Giveaway!

Hello! Today I'm hopping along with Hero Arts to launch the latest My Monthly Hero kit and fabulous add-ons! I really love the theme this month. The main kit adds to one of my very favorite product lines - the Peek-a-Boo dies! But this time it is paired with a clear stamp set rather than a cling stamp, which is super fun. And, the die from the kit will work well with the previously released cling stamps, so awesome!!

But for my card today, instead of the main kit, I worked with a wonderful new cling background stamp called Bug Collection Bold Prints.


I'm not gonna lie, I don't love bugs. But I really love this stamp! There's something about bug collections, they are so pretty with all the colorful bugs and butterflies! This stamp is great all colored in and used at the focal point, as I did, but it's also great as a tone on tone background, too! You can kind of see that in this photo, of my card in progress.


I started by stamping the background on Mustard cardstock with Clear Embossing and Watermark Ink, and embossing in Clear Embossing Powder. Then I went a little nutty with the fussy cutting and paper piecing!!


Here's a look at the Copics I used for coloring my bugs and butterflies.


For the message, I dug out another of my all-time favorite bug stamp sets, the Color Layering Monarch Butterfly. I love the font of the "hello" in that set.



I didn't want to cut off any of the gorgeous stamp, so I made a large 6x6 card. I just used a piece of 12x12 paper for the card base, cut down to 12x6 and scored. I lined it with a smaller 5x5 piece of white cardstock.


Be sure to check out all of the stamps and dies from this release, there are so many fun things! You can view the entire collection HERE.

And now it's time to hop! Be sure to visit everyone on the hop - one winner will be drawn from all of the comments left across the hop to win a free kit. Get those comments in by Sunday September 8th at 11:59pm pacific time.

The Hero Arts Blog
Amy Kolling
Caly Person
Debi Adams
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Julee Tilman
Laurie Willison
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Lydia Fiedler
Mariana Grigsby
Michelle Short
Nichol Spohr

And if you want to see the kit and other products up close, with lots of card samples and some giveaways too, be sure to tune into the Facebook Live on the Hero Arts Facebook page. We're doing it at a different time this month - it will be tomorrow, Wednesday September 4th, at 3pm eastern. I hope you can join me! But if you can't, it will be available on replay as well!



As we launch this kit, our hearts are heavy with the news out of the Bahamas, and our thoughts are with the East Coast of the United States as we all hope and pray the hurricane stays out to sea. For each September kit sold, $1 will be donated by Hero Arts to help those impacted by the devastation and displacement caused by Hurricane Dorian. <-- and="" arts="" hero="" i="" is="" love="" many="" of="" one="" p="" reasons="" the="" this="">
Thanks for stopping by,


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Hero Arts Oh What Fun Catalog Blog Hop + Giveaway!



I'm hopping with Hero Arts as they release their 2019 Oh What Fun winter collection. You should have arrived here from the amazing Laura Bassen. If you didn't, head on back to the Hero Arts blog to start at the beginning - there are fabulous prizes today that you don't want to miss out on!

Today I'm sharing one of the cards I made for the printed catalog. I love all of the fun "peek-a-boo" projects, and love that they continued this line with the new release!


First, how adorable is this Birch Forest Background Cling?! I stamped it in Summer Sky ink on Dove White cardstock, and then traced around the trees with a fine tipped marker.


I cut out my trees using the new Circular Peek-a-boo Doors Fancy Die (I love the rectangles from the original Peek-a-boo Doors Fancy Die, but this is so great to have options!).



Inside my doors, I stamped the sweetest little animals!! They are from the new Winter Forest Animals stamp set, and I am in love. I colored them with my Copics.


I stamped messages from the same stamp set, as well as some tiny holiday messages from the 3x4 Hero Greetings Christmas Messages, which also pairs well with these peek-a-boo doors.

If you love the peek-a-boo line, be sure to check out Winter Village Peek-a-boo Cling and Halloween Scene Background Cling - so many fun new options for creating peek-a-boo cards!

Ok, now let's get hopping! Next up is my wonderful, talented and amazing friend Lydia Fiedler! Be sure to visit everyone on the hop - Hero Arts is giving away two $50 gift cards, drawn randomly from comments left across the hop. Here's the amazing list of artists joining us today:

Hero Arts
Caly Person
Debby Hughes
Debi Adams
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jenn Shurkus
Jennifer McGuire
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Julee Tilman
Laura Bassen
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Lydia Fiedler
Mariana Grigsby
Nichol Spohr
Wanda Guess
Yana Smakula

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hero Arts + Pinkfresh Studio: Celebrating our Industry


I am hopping with an amazing group of stampers today to introduce the latest "Partners" collaboration stamp set. Pinkfresh Studio has teamed up with Hero Arts to create an absolutely gorgeous stamp set called You Make a Difference. You should have found me by way of Lea Lawson's blog. If you didn't, be sure to head back to the Hero Arts blog to start at the very beginning of this hop.

Here's my card created with this new stamp set.


I began by stamping the floral image using Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink on Pitch Black hite cardstock. I then colored the image with my Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, in some place covering the white ink, and in others leaving just a bit of it showing. I love coloring on black cardstock with colored pencils, it's one of my very favorite techniques!

I embossed one of the FABULOUS messages from this set in white embossing powder on vellum cardstock, then die cut with my oval die. I did a bit of a messy job with my glue - unfortunately it shows more on the photo than it actually does in real life.


Now it's time to hop! From here you'll head over to Nichol Spohr's blog. I can't wait to see what she made! Be sure to comment on every blog in the hop - there are great prized up for grabs. On person will win the You Make a Difference stamp set:
One lucky commenter will win a $25 shopping spree at Hero Arts.


And one other commenter will receive a $25 shopping spree at Pinkfresh Studio.

Here is the entire hop list:

Hero Arts
Pinkfresh Studio
Angelica Conrad
Ashlea Cornell
Caly Person
Cathy Zielske
Emily Midgett
Heather Hoffman
Ilina Crouse
Ivana Camdzic
Janette Kausen
Jennifer McGuire
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Kelly Lunceford
Laura Bassen
Lea Lawson
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Nichol Spohr
TaeEun Yoo
Yana Smakula
Zsoka Marko

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, August 5, 2019

August My Monthly Hero Release + Giveaway!

Hello and welcome! Today I'm hopping along with Hero Arts and friends as they release the August 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit and add-ons. This month's theme is so much fun - knights, dragons, royalty, magical beasts - love love love!

For my card today, I played with a bunch of elements in the main kit.


I began by die cutting a window out of the really neat Mirri Matte Lave paper included in the kit, using a die from the new Medieval Flags Infinity Dies set. This paper is super cool, it's hard to capture in a photo but it has a holographic look to it, it sort of "moves" when you turn it.



I colored a couple images from the kit with my Copics, and cut them out with the matching dies. The "you slay" message cracks me up, so I had to use it! And I turned my die cut piece of purple paper into a little shaker card window, by adhering some acetate and using foam tape to attach it to an Amethyst layer of cardstock. Inside the shaker I used the super cool and shiny "dragon scale" sequins from the kit! Since they are called dragon scales, I had to glue a few to my dragon, too!


Here's a look at the full kit:
And all of the wonderful add-ons this month!
Now it's time to hop! Next up is my amazing friend Lydia Fiedler - I can't wait to see what creative ideas she's had this month! Make sure and visit all of the blogs in the hop and comment for a chance to win a kit! You have until Sunday night, August 11 at 11:59pm. The winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog. Here's the full hop list:

The Hero Arts Blog
Amy Kolling
Caly Person
Daniel West
Debi Adams
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Julee Tilman
Libby Hickson (you are HERE!)
Lydia Fiedler
Mariana Grigsby
Michelle Short
Yana Smakula

And if you'd like to see the kit up close and personal, join me TONIGHT (August 5th) at 9pm eastern on the Hero Arts Facebook page, where I'll be doing a live release spotlight. If you're not able to tune in right at 9pm, it will be available on replay as well!


Thanks for stopping by!



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Monday, July 1, 2019

July My Monthly Hero Release + Giveaway!

Hi Friends! Today Hero Arts is launching their collection for July. It is FAB-U-LOUS!! I am thinking this is going to be gone in record time, so if you love it as much as I do, grab is right away!

I'm here in the hop to tell you about tonight's FACEBOOK LIVE! I'll be online tonight, Monday July 1, at 9pm eastern, over at the Hero Arts Facebook page. Join me as I walk through the elements of the main kit, as well as a bunch of incredible card samples from Debi Adams, highlighting the add-ons!


If you're tuning in after July 1, you can view the Facebook Live on replay, HERE.


Here's a look at the main kit. Time at the lake! It reminds me of summers growing up in Michigan. Love it so very much!


The add-ons are pure summertime fun as well! We used to camp in the summers in northern Michigan. I grew up involved with a community theater group, and there would be an annual campout. Nothing better than camping with people who can sing - the campfires were the best!

I'm part of the blog hop today, so go ahead and leave a comment here to be in the drawing, even without a card to comment on!

The Hero Arts Blog
Caly Person
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Michelle Short
Amy Kolling
Debi Adams
Julee Tilman
Laurie Willison
Lydia Fiedler
Mariana Grigsby
Libby Hickson (you are here!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Ellen Hutson + Hero Arts Blog Hop!


Today I'm excited to be hopping with artists from both Hero Arts and Ellen Hutson, celebrating Hero Arts, who is also featured on ellenhutson.com in their Meet the Maker series!

Today's card features a couple products from the Hero Arts June release.


I stamped the Jungle Bold Prints background stamp in Unicorn White ink on Pitch Black cardstock. Once dried completely, I colored it in with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Colour Pencils.


To finish the card, I pulled out another set from the release, Tropical Flowers. I again stamped the flower and leaves in white on the black cardstock, then colored with my pencils. I also cut them out with the matching dies.


The message is also from the Tropical Flowers stamp set, and was embossing in gold on a strip of vellum.

Now it's time to hop!! You can win one of three $25 gift certificates to the Ellen Hutson shop! Winners will be drawn from commenters along the blog hop so make sure to comment at each stop before Friday, June 28th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email. Next up on the hop is Kelly Griglione! The full list is below if you need to head back to the very beginning.

Adelina Starace
Caly Person
Ardyth Percy-Robb
Janette Kausen
Carly Tee Minner
Ilina Crouse
Emily Midgett
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Kelly Griglione
Julee Tilman
Lisa Spangler
Debi Adams
Michele Ferguson
Laurie Willison
Sandy Allnock
Amy Kolling
Therese Calvird
Lydia Fiedler
Julie Ebersole

And here's some fun news! They are having a sale over at ellenhutson.com this weekend - 25% off Hero Arts products! Use code meetHERO. Check it out...


Thanks for stopping by!

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