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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July My Monthly Hero - blog hop + giveaway


Hello! It's time to launch another Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit, and this one is an absolute beauty! I love the sea and all of the amazing creatures who inhabit it. Especially the beautiful sea turtle!

I wanted to make a soft and painterly card, so I used my watercolor paints directly on my stamps! Have you tried this? It's super fun. Not all the results are great, but I love the process of playing and seeing what will work. And it's especially convenient with my MISTI - I just leave the stamps in place, and add different colors to the stamp and re-stamp.


I used some items from past kits to work on this cards, including the Daniel Smith dot sheet and waterbrush from the April kit! I love these kits, they're always so very useful! :)

Here's a look at the gorgeous stamp set included in this month's kit! It's a big 6x8 set, which is like getting two regular clear sets! There's also matching dies, a brand new ombre ink pad, fab sequins from Lucy, and some pretty metallic papers.

Another thing I love? I know how much trouble our oceans are in, and the ocean animals like the sea turtle. Plastic pollution is out of control. Did you know plastic grocery bags look exactly like jellyfish to a sea turtle? Jellies are one of their main foods - so you can just imagine the trouble that results when they accidentally eat a grocery bag. I love that Hero Arts is donating 10% of the profit from this kit to support the World Wildlife Fund's ocean preservation program!

There's a big blog hop to launch the kit - and a giveaway, too! Comment on every post to for more chances to win a kit! The giveaway closed Sunday July 10 at 11:59pst, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog.

The Hero Arts Blog
Yana Smakula
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
May Park
Laura Bassen
Lydia Fiedler
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Justin Krieger
Jennifer McGuire
Jenn Shurkus
Veronica Zalis
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Joan Bardee

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Tour de Craft 2016!


Yesterday the 103rd edition of the Tour de France got underway with beautiful Mont Saint Michel and the Normandy coast as the backdrop. I've been a big fan (fanatic?) of the Tour for many years now, and every summer it inspires me to bust out my many, many bicycle stamps and get creative! I suppose I officially "collect" bicycle stamps, I can never resist them!


For my first card of this summer's Tour de Craft, I inked up the fun bicycle in the Hero Arts set Hipster at Heart. The word "epic" is also from the same set - rather fitting for the most epic bike race in the world! I pulled out my favorite road washi tape from my stash, and also spelled out "vive le tour" in stickers. The large heart is a leftover from what I created with the June My Monthly Hero kit.

Yesterday I subjected my family to my Tour de France craziness. We had a delicious European-style charcuterie board for lunch and I spent most of the day hiding in my craft room watching cycling.


It was a long day of cycling watching cycling, but my efforts were so worth it - one of my favorites, Mark Cavendish, won the stage (something he's done many many times) but since it was the first stage, he earned his first yellow jersey.


(Photos from Official Mark Cavendish Facebook page)

He has a look of pure joy, doesn't he? From now on when I'm really super happy and excited, I'll be as giddy as a Cavendish in yellow.

Vive le Tour!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hero Arts Color Layering 2016 Blog Hop + Giveaway!


Hello! Today I'm hopping with Hero Arts as the Color Layering 2016 collection is added to the Hero Arts store. This is probably the most exciting release I've ever been a part of! Why, you ask? Well!! Take a look at page 7 of the catalog!!


That's meeeeee!! For this release, Hero Arts invited their artists to champion the Color Layering stamp sets, and determine their favorite mix of ink colors to use with the stamps. I chose the Color Layering Orchid in a Pot, and of course, my colors were purples and greens!! So now there's an ink cube 4-pack with my name on it!! Libby's Purple Garden!! How incredibly cool is that?! I'm geeking out over here, I'm not gonna lie. :)

If you love my combo, you can find Libby's Purple Garden in the Hero Arts store, along with the stamps and dies. Or, we've even put them all together into a Color Layering Orchid in a Pot Bundle! Easy peasy, and saves a little money, too.
I created two cards with my ink choices and stamp set for this catalog. In both cases I paired them with Foliage Bold Prints. The background was stamped on olive cardstock using the Moss ink cube. On this first card, the darker flower centers were achieved by stamping the final flower layer with VersaMark ink, and embossing with clear embossing powder. There's also the message embossed in gold.


For this second card, I borrowed a brilliant idea from my friend Jayne (shared on the Hero Arts blog HERE!) and turned the orchid into a flowering tree branch. I love this look, it's so pretty! And brings more versatility to this stamp set, too. For this card I only stamped two layers of the flowers, and then added a dot of gold glitter glue to the flower centers.


Have you arrived here by way of the blog hop? You should have arrived here by way of Tami's blog, but if not, be sure to head back to the Hero Arts blog to start at the beginning! Hero Arts is giving away Color Layering Bundles to five lucky hoppers! Leave your comments by Sunday, June 19 at 11:59pm, and the winners will be randomly selected from the comments left throughout the hop.

The Hero Arts Blog
Lucy Abrams
Lydia Fiedler
Mariana Grigsby
Tami Hartley
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Nichol Magouirk
Jayne Nelson
Clare Prezzia
Kathy Racoosin
Kelly Rasmussen
Yana Smakula
Amy Tsuruta

Thanks for stopping by, and sharing in my excitement about my inks! 

Monday, June 6, 2016

June My Monthly Hero - blog hop + giveaway!


Hello and welcome to another My Monthly Hero blog hop!! This month's kit is all about travel, and it is so much fun! There's a cool die for making a luggage tag, other little dies with a million uses, a great stamp set, awesome paper leather from Sizzix (I am mad about this stuff!!), a little journal to decorate, fun washi tape and geotag clips, and more! Such a bunch of fun for $29.99!


There have been a bunch of fabulous travel-themed ideas for using this kit, but I wanted to play with it in a different way! Once I started creating I couldn't stop, so I have three ideas to share today!

For this first card, I painted a bit of the paper leather with some acrylic paint. It's amazing how the texture still stays nice and pliable, even after painting with acrylics! Once it was dry, I die cut the painted paper with the little heart from the kit.


The dimension is so much fun! And it stays a bit more stiff and durable than regular paper. I just attached them with a tiny dab of adhesive, then stitched down each row with my sewing machine. The message is made with the stamps included in the kit.


Next, I wanted to play with the paper leather using the Hero Arts Delicate Petals stencil! The paper leather will take the texture from the stencil wonderfully when you run it through your machine with the correct stack. In the Big Shot, you open the platform to Tab 1, put done a base plate, then the stencil, paper leather, Silicone Rubber and then Impressions Pad. I love that I can use all of the Hero Arts stencils this way!!


I cut the stenciled leather paper with the fun luggage tag die included in the kit, and then added lots of Distress Ink (Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo). I paired it with an mage I had watercolored from Stamp Your Own Cactus, and a message from the kit. I love the ginormous Heidi Swapp sequins!!


Finally, I had to use the adorable little martini stamp that's included in the stamp set! I made a dreamy watercolor background using Daniel Smith paints, Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers) and one of my favorite things - Hero Arts gold shimmer spray!


The message is one of my favorites, from my Kelly's No Comment set from Hero Arts. Because you know, sometimes mama just does! :)


I'm the last stop on an awesome blog hop today - be sure to visit everyone on the list, and comment along the way to enter the drawing for a free June kit! Woohoo!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Kelly Purkey
Amy Tan
Yana Smakula
Kathy Racoosin
Mariana Grigsby
Heather Ruwe
Amy Tsuruta
Ilina Crouse
Libby Hickson (you are here!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hero Arts Summer Catalog Launch!

Hello hello!! Today the Hero Arts Summer 2016 Products launch in their store, and I'm joining an amazing hop full of fabulous stampers! Wowza I'm super honored to be here with them! You should have arrived by way of Laura Bassen's blog. If you didn't, you might want to head back to Hero Arts to start at the very beginning.

This summer release is so much fun!! It's full of cool travel-themed stamps, as well as beach-themes, lemonade, parks, ice cream, palm trees - pretty much everything that screams "summer".

For today's hop, I'm sharing a couple cards I taught at a tradeshow back in April. It was my first time teaching at a tradeshow, and needless to say I was a basket of nerves. But in the end I had a ton of fun and met a bunch of super sweet store owners. I loved everything about it!!


My first card uses the new Color Layering Ice Cream stamp set and matching dies. I used the ice cream die to create a mask. I tinted some Ranger Texture Paste with Orchid reinker, and applied it to the middle ice cream scoop using the little mask I had created. A little bit of glitter makes it extra fun!


This next card uses some of the travel and adventure-themed stamps. This particular set is called City Adventure. Lots of fun city icons in this set, and a bicycle too, so you know I loved it as soon as I saw the bike! :) I used the coffee and donut for this card.


Is that a donut? Or is it a bagel to go with the NYC feel of this set? I'm not quite sure - I think it could be either! I used masking tape to mask off the center of the card, and later filled that space with a message from Dapper Dad. The images were watercolored - I used Daniel Smith paints (loooove them!) but any watercolors would do.

Here are some happy stampers after my class. It was so much fun!!


And here's all of the awesome summer products, on display at the show. I had the good fortune of having Joan Mills work the show with me, she is absolutely wonderful!


Now let's continue with this hop, shall we? Next up is the lovely and talented Lori Craig! And here's the entire hop list, in case you need it:

The Hero Arts Blog
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Debby Hughes
Jennifer McGuire
Jenn Shurkus
Joan Bardee
Julie Ebersole
Kathleen Graumuller
Kathy Racoosin
Kelly Rasmussen
Kimberly Crawford
Laura Bassen
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Lori Craig
Lucy Abrams
Lydia Fiedler
Mariana Grigsby
May Sukyong Park
Nichol Magouirk
Sandy Allnock
Teri Anderson
Wanda Guess
Yana Smakula

Be sure to leave everyone some love, as Hero Arts will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from all of the comments left along the entire hop! Leave those comments by Sunday night at midnight pacific!

And visit the Hero Arts store to find all of the fabulous products featured in today's hop!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, May 2, 2016

May My Monthly Hero - blog hop + giveaway!


You guys!! It's MMH launch day, woohoo!! This month's kit is one of my very favorite kits so far!! It's a gift card envelope die, and really awesome messages for saying thank you, or just letting someone know they are appreciated. I am going to use this one ALL THE TIME!

The "thank you" was handlettered by Kelly Rasmussen, and she designed all of the stamps, dies and add-on stamps and dies for the kit, too. She is amazeballs!

For today's post, I created two different cards. First - one of the messages I am *most* excited about in this kit is the "you are a great coach" sentiment. I personally begged for this one! My kids play sports and I'm forever making cards for coaches. So... YAY!! Here's one I'm making for end of spring soccer season.


I combined the stamps from the kit with some fab add-on stamps, CL981 Happy Mail. The "thank you" comes from that. I also pulled out my cute soccer ball from Kelly's Sports Planner. The nice bright inks are hybrids Indigo, Strawberry and Intense Black.


I also just had to use that cutie smile from the kit stamps for a card! I basically cased my own card for this one - it's inspired by this one that I made for the Hero Arts Summer Catalog.


I colored the smiles with Copics. The "you" is cut from black cardstock, using the add-on dies for the kit. I cut it out five times and glued them all together so it has fun dimension. The "make me smile" message from the kit is perfect with this cute smiley face!


Here's a closer look at the add-ons to the kit. First, Happy Mail:


And the Thank You Pair Fancy Dies, which can stand alone, or cut out the words in the kit's stamp set.


This entire kit was inspired by the one and only, amazing, fabulous, mega-talented Jennifer McGuire, and her challenge last fall to encourage kindness. She's so awesome.

There's a fun blog hop today - lots of people sharing idea for using the kit - visit them all and leave your comments! Hero Arts will give away one kit to a lucky commenter, picked from all of the comments left during the blog hop! Comment by Sunday, May 8 at 11:59pm!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Kelly Rasmussen
Yana Smakula
Lucy Abrams
Kathy Racoosin
Mariana Grigsby
Wanda Guess
Clare Prezzia
May Sukyong Park
Joan Bardee
Amy Tsuruta
Lydia Fiedler
Libby Hickson (you are here!)

And head RIGHT HERE to pick up your kit!!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Hero Arts Summer Catalog - Adventure!

Today is the 5th and final day of 2016 Summer Catalog sneak peeks on the Hero Arts blog. Today's theme is "Adventure". I had a ton of fun create these samples!!


There are several fun stamp sets in the Adventure category! I used all of these:
  • CL958 The Adventure Begins
  • CL973 Road Trip
  • CL959 Park Essentials
I stamped the images onto little wood slices (you can find these at craft stores or on Etsy!) with Intense Black ink, and then colored them in with my Prismacolor pencils. I plan to hot glue magnets to the backs and turn them into refrigerator magnets.

For more ideas using the Adventure-themed stamps, visit all of these blogs!

Hero Arts
Amy Tsuruta
Mariana Grigsby
Clare Prezzia
Jayne Nelson --- Jayne is on Flickr!

Comment on this and all of the blogs above - Hero Arts is giving away a $25 shopping spree each day, randomly selected from the comments left across all of the blogs.

And thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hero Arts Summer Catalog - trends!

I'm back with another day of Hero Arts sneak peeks from the 2016 Summer Catalog! Today's theme is all the fun, trendy stuff in the new catalog. I'm sharing some things I made for the catalog using the super duper cute Emoji Icons Mini Tub! These happen to be my 8yr old daughter's favorites from the new catalog, too!


I had a ton of fun playing with these little emojis! The card has another little sneaky peek - that "hello" is from another new stamp set, I love the font! The little calendar page is actually an awesome new Bold Print background stamp - called, you guessed it, Calendar Bold Prints! I used Essential Uppercase Letters & Numbers to fill in the dates. And the little thought bubbles at the top are from a little sticky note pad that comes in the emoji tub. So cute!!

For more ideas using these new stamps from Hero Arts, visit these fabulous blogs!

Hero Arts
Yana Smakula
Clare Prezzia
Jayne Nelson --- Jayne is on Flickr
Amy Tsuruta

Comment on this and all of the blogs above - Hero Arts is giving away a $25 shopping spree each day, randomly selected from the comments left across all of the blogs.

And thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Hero Arts Summer Catalog - Destinations!

Welcome to Day 2 of Hero Arts 2016 Summer Catalog sneak peeks on my blog! Today the featured stamps are some of my absolute FAVORITES from the new catalog!! Hero Arts has created a bunch of "Destination" stamps - woodblock stamps featuring different parts of the country. Sooooo cute and fun!


I created some 3 x 4 cards with these stamps, perfect for tucking into my pocket-style scrapbooks. I used white embossing powder on watercolor paper, and then quickly watercolored the background with my Daniel Smith paint dots. I'm a wee bit addicted to watercoloring lately - just like a huge chunk of the crafting world!


For more ideas using these new  stamps from Hero Arts, visit these fabulous blogs!

Hero Arts
Clare Prezzia
Jayne Nelson --- Jayne is on Flickr
Amy Tsuruta

Comment on this and all of the blogs above - Hero Arts is giving away a $25 shopping spree each day, randomly selected from the comments left across all of the blogs.

And thanks for stopping by,

Monday, April 11, 2016

Hero Arts Summer Catalog - Color Layering!

Hello! Today begins a week of sneak peeks of new 2016 Summer Catalog products on the Hero Arts blog! The catalog will be revealed on the blog on April 18, and products will begin showing up at retailers that week as well. All of the new goodies will be released in the Hero Arts store on May 11!! Exciting!!

Today's peek shows new Color Layering products - so I'm sharing a Color Layering card, too! I'm actually sharing another look at a card included in the photo on the Hero Arts blog. I absolutely *love* this new Color Layering Seahorse set!!


I stamped the seahorse using Aquatic and Summer Sky hybrid inks, and finished with a layer of Unicorn white pigment ink. The shells are Ultra Pink with Unicorn on top. That's a little idea I learned from Yana, she's such a creative genius. :-) I added clear embossing to the Unicorn ink as well.


To soften the shell background a bit, I covered it with vellum. I added a bit of strategic adhesive behind the message strip, then added messy stitching around the edge. I'm a fan of messy stitching. Mostly because I cannot sew straight to save my life. ;-)

For more ideas using the new Color Layering stamps from Hero Arts, visit these fabulous blogs!

Hero Arts
Clare Prezzia
Jayne Nelson --- Jayne is on Flickr
Mariana Grigsby
Yana Smakula

Comment on this and all of the blogs above - Hero Arts is giving away a $25 shopping spree each day, randomly selected from the comments left across all of the blogs.

And thanks for stopping by,

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