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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

September My Monthly Hero - Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

It's time for another My Monthly Hero release, and this month the theme takes a fun twist on all things autumn. The main kit features beautiful Chinese lantern plants, among other images. The bright orange lanterns are gorgeous for fall!


I began with my kit by stamping out all of the images on watercolor paper, and just painting them in with the Daniel Smith dot card, included in the kit. It's amazing just how far those little dots can go when watercoloring! Once dry, I die cut the images and arranged some of them on my card, popping up the pieces.


Here's a look at the entire amazing kit. It's so pretty - definitely on my list of all-time favorites!


I also made several cards used the optional add-on products. For this next card, I began by painting a very vibrant background using the brand new Orange Liquid Watercolor (which is so gorgeous!!) along with Dandelion and Cocoa.


I stamped out the images from the stamp and cut set and again just painted them all in, using the liquid watercolors mentioned above along with Moss, Pine and Strawberry. After die cutting, I arranged them on my watercolored background, accenting with sequins from the Champagne mix as well as a strip of glitter cardstock.


The next card features the absolutely gorgeous new Ornate Floral Stencil.


To create the background for this card, I mixed a bit of Nuvo Glimmer Paste on my craft mat along with a few drops of the Orange Liquid Watercolor. I smoothed this paste across the stencil using a palette knife, and set aside to dry. The Nuvo paste dries quite quickly, so I immediately washed my stencil. The accent on this card is an oak leaf from the Textured Leaves set, embossed in gold on vellum. The "autumn greetings" message is from the new Autumn Moon stamp set.


Here's another card featuring stamps from the Autumn Moon set. These were stamped, die cut and colored with Copics. That gorgeous background is the new Patterned Lanterns Bold Prints, embossed with the fun new Red Embossing Powder.


And finally, a card using the new Cloudy Moon Fancy Die. These fun clouds were die cut from watercolor paper, which I added color to using liquid watercolors in Indigo and Purple. I added a little Black to the clouds, watered down quite a lot to be more gray than black, and then covered them with Star Dust Stickles.


I stamped the sweet little bunny from Autumn Moon in Orchid ink, and created a shaker card filled with Ombre Purple sequins.


Now it's time to hop! There's so much inspiration from these bloggers, be sure to check it all out! And like every month, there's a giveaway - be sure to comment on every blog in the hop, and a lucky winner drawn from the comments will receive a free kit! The winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog. Comment by Sunday night, September 9th!

The Hero Arts Blog
Ilina Crouse
Lydia Fiedler
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Janette Kausen
Amy Kolling
Kelly Latevola
Jennifer McGuire
Emily Midgett
Caly Person
Michelle Short
Jenn Shurkus
Yana Smakula
Nichol Spohr
Julee Tilman

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Rubeena's Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop DAY ONE + Giveaways

Welcome to Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop! This hop is epic with more than 70 guests and over $1,000 in sponsored prizes! Not only are we celebrating four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking but also crafting in general. This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, inspirational, kind, and incredibly supportive! Hop along so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us!

You should have arrived here by way of Tiffany Au's blog. If you didn't, be sure to head over to Rubeena's blog to start at the very beginning!

The hop is today is inspired by Rubeena's crafting journey. I thought it was appropriate to create with a set from Hero Arts called Enjoy the Journey! I think we're all enjoying this stamping journey.


For this first card, I stamped the bottle, cork and ship from Enjoy the Journey in waterproof ink, and colored with my Liquid Watercolors - Deep Ocean, Cocoa and Black. The ship was cut out with the matching dies, and I hand trimmed the bottle since I had stamped the cork in it. A little twine as an accent completed a quick and adorable card.


The next card is similar, but with a few more added details...


For this card, I stamped the adorable bottle and boat, then again watercolored with my Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors, using Deep Ocean, Indigo, Cocoa and Black. I stamped some of the cute little bits included in the stamp set in the water as well. I love that you have to option to say "we" forgot your birthday with this set - both "we" and "I" are available. And the "oh ship" is pretty darn funny.


For this final card, I wanted to play with all the little critters included in the set.


I started by watercoloring a panel, then stamped the images with various colors of bold inks. I added happy faces to the animals because, well, why not? I added white gel dots to fill in more of the space. For the message, I dug deep into my old embellishment bin and used these fasteners I've had for ages, which are attached with brads! It's my little nod to my own stamping journey, since I used to use things like that on my cards all the time when I started stamping!


Now let's get back to Rubeena's journey! In celebration of this anniversary, Rubeena has gathered several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced HERE by Wednesday, September 5. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at ararerubycrafts@gmail.com to claim their prize before another winner is selected.

Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson - two $25 gift cards  
Pretty Pink Posh - two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market - July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop - $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna - a 4x6 stamp set
Waffle Flower - $25 gift card
Power Poppy - $50 gift card

Now it's time to hop! Next up is Leigh Houston! I can't wait to see what she's made!

Congratulations Rubeena! Your work is beautiful, and inspires me all the time.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Liquid Watercolors Deep Ocean
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Liquid Watercolors Indigo
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Liquid Watercolors Cocoa
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Liquid Watercolors Black
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Nesting Oval Infinity Dies
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Crimson Bold Ink
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Summer Sky Bold Ink
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Pine Bold Ink
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Deep Ocean Bold Ink
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Black Dye Ink
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hero Arts Season of Wonder Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!


Hello! Today I'm hopping with Hero Arts as the Season of Wonder winter catalog products are released in the Hero Arts store! You should have arrived here from my amazing friend Lydia's blog. If you didn't, head back to Hero Arts to start at the very beginning!

There are so many fabulous new products in this release! I started by playing with the Color Layering Owl.


I decided the owl would be a snowy owl today. I stamped layers in Soft Granite and Charcoal, and then stamped the solid layer in Unicorn White pigment ink right over the other stamping, to soften it all. A little pink on the cheeks with pencil, black glaze pen on the eyes and of course glitter to finish it off! The glitter is a fun, new chunky Snowfall Glitter. I created a shaker card, cutting a window with a die from the new Fancy Ornaments Infinity Die set and filling it with new Icicle Sequins.


Next I played with an adorable new set - Sending Warm Hogs!


For this card, again I began with the Snowfall Glitter. I laid down a rectangle of double-sided adhesive, and sprinkled it with the glitter. So pretty! The little pig was just stamped and colored with my Copics. A message from the stamp set was stamped underneath.


Now it's time to hop! Be sure to comment on every blog in the hop, two lucky winners will be drawn from the comments to win a $50 shopping spree! Leave your comments by Sunday, August 26 at 11:59pm. The winners will be announced on the Hero Arts blog. Next stop on the hop is the fabulously talented Laurie Willison! Or here's the entire list if you need it.

The Hero Arts Blog
Yana Smakula
Wanda Guess
Nichol Spohr
Michelle Short
Megan Hoeppner
May Sukyong Park
Lydia Fiedler
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Laurie Willison
Kelly Latevola
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Jennifer McGuire
Jenn Shurkus
Janette Kausen
Ilina Crouse
Emily Midgett
Clare Prezzia
Amy Tsuruta
Amy Kolling

Thanks for stopping by!

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Sending Warm Hogs
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Snowfall Glitter
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Fancy Ornament Infnity Dies
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Icicle Sequin Mix
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Soft Granite Shadow Ink
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Charcoal Mid-Tone Shadow Ink
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Unicorn White Pigment Ink
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Soft Brown Ink
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Intense Black Ink
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