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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop - winner!

Hi everyone! I'm just popping in quickly to post the follow-up to my Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop post. Congratulations to Terri Burson, my lucky winner of a Starbucks gift card. Terri, please email me your address and I'll get it right out to you.

And a big THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by. I enjoyed all of your wonderful comments!

Take care,

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY!

Hello and welcome to the Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!! I was so bummed when I was too late for the last event for coffee lovers, I absolutely had to join the hop today! But in my excitement to put together a coffee-themed card, I completely spaced on the holiday portion of the hop! Derrrr!! Maybe this is winter blue? I was inspired by Frozen? Yes... that's it... mmm hmmm...

I had a ton of fun playing with the Hero Arts Need Caffeine set - I love this cute little latte! You won't even guess how many THINGS I did to it, LOL! I stamped it with Peacock Feather Distress Ink. Then I used colored pencils to fill in the color a bit more. Then, my Faber-Castell PITT green gold pen to go over the letters. Then I outlined in black ink. Then I trimmed. Thhheeennnn.... the piece de resistance... I dug out my super old liquid applique to create the latte foam!! I used to LOVE this stuff. About 8 years ago. Ever wonder if it will still work after MANY MANY years sitting in a craft stash (and even moving from Texas to Georgia)? The answer is YES, IT DOES!! :-)

The background panel was super fun too. I mixed some of the same Peacock Feathers ink into my embossing paste, and spread it over the Hero Arts Zig Zag Pattern stencil. The blobs that look kind of brown in the photos are actually lovely, shimmery blobs of Gold Shimmer Spray. Nice.

Ok, so this blog hop is a different kind of blog hop! It's open to all of YOU to join!! There's a linkie thing on Amy Tsuruta's blog, she's the mastermind behind this entire thing.

And she's lined up a TON of awesome sponsors. You'll be in the running for THOSE prizes if you link up your own coffee creation! You can find the link up on Amy's blog -- RIGHT HERE! This is the list of amazing sponsors:

As for me - I'd love to giveaway a $5 STARBUCKS GIFT CARD!! Afterall, this hop is all about loving coffee, right? Just leave me a comment by the end of Sunday, December 14 and you'll be in the running.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Hero Arts (CL731 Need Caffeine)
Paper: Neenah (Solar White)
Ink: Distress Ink (Peacock Blue), Hero Arts (Gold shimmer spray), Faber-Castell (PITT artist pen - green gold), black pen
Other: Dreamweaver (Wendy Vecchi embossing paste), Hero Arts (SA021 Zig Zag Pattern stencil), palette knife, Liquid Applique, heat tool, Prismacolor (aquamarine pencil), washi tape, copper sequins

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Special Thanks Blog Hop

Hello! Today I'm participating in a special blog hop, to thank Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine for many wonderful years of inspiration and fun. You should have arrived here by way of the Reverse Confetti blog, but if you didn't, you may want to jump back to the very beginning!

Many of the people participating in this hop were actually published in the magazine. Me, not so much. I always wanted to try and submit, but I never got my nerve up to actually do it. And I'm heartbroken to say I waited too long and now it will never happen!! But... I have been a subscriber for many years, and have been inspired over and over again by this incredible magazine. It's so sad and frankly, unimaginable, to think they won't be around anymore! So, I made this card to say THANK YOU - for making our crafty world bright!

I used the Hero Arts set Written in the Stars, and created the background with a whole slew of Hero Arts ink daubers! I love this watercolored, swirly look - it reminds me of a star nebula! The star constellations and message were embossed with a pretty glittery gold powder from my stash.

Now to continue on with the hop, please visit Shelly Kurth. And THANK YOU Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine - you will be sorely missed!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Friday, October 31, 2014


Hi everyone! I'm on the Hero Arts blog today, sharing a card made with a new set full of characters from The Nutcracker. I love it!!

I have a thing for nutcrackers. I snapped this photo just yesterday at my garden store. I love when nutcrackers hit the shelves. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! On Halloween. Hmm.

A photo posted by Libby (@stampinlibby) on


Thanks for stopping by, and go say hi to me over on the Hero Arts blog!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I'm on Paper Crafter's Library!

I am so very excited, I am the featured artist on Paper Crafter's Library today!! I am so incredibly honored and excited to be there!

Head on over there to see the full card, featuring one of my favorite Hero Arts stamps.


Monday, October 27, 2014

With enough coffee...

So... wayyyy back on September 29, a bunch of my fellow crafty-types celebrated National Coffee Day with an awesome Coffee Lover's Bloghop. I *loved* the idea! I *love* coffee! I said to myself "woohoo I'm totally going to participate!!". I started an art journal page to celebrate my love of coffee. And then.... I didn't finish it until the weekend after the hop! Annnnnd now, here I am, actually blogging it nearly a MONTH after the hop. And yes, my friends, THIS is why I will never ever be a blogging superstar. *sigh* But at least I really really love what I made! :-D

I decided to use these pages below, that I had started ages ago. When I use a stencil, I often put it into random pages in my journal to remove whatever's left on it - in this case, gesso from this tutorial I did for Hero Arts. I later went and added some distress ink, and there it sat.

I chose a Hero Arts shape from the Silhouette store as my main-coffee-focal-point. I also love the coffee ring from Texture and Shape, and the word "coffee" from Need Caffeine. (That's aptly named, since I usually *do* NEED CAFFEINE!)

I used all kinds of goodies to layer on the texture to this page. I love the Wendy Vecchi metallic gold embossing paste!! The fun Mosaic Swirl stencil is from Dina Wakley. And oh my goodness, the glitter I found at my LSS!!! YOU GUYS!! It's so awesome. It's called Gold Lux Mix and it's a mixture of glitter and mica. It's so awesome!

I cut on the blue letters with my Silhouette, and the brown stickers are Thickers. I also added detail to the cup and some random dots with some awesome Faber-Castell gold pens.

When my page catches the light, oh my goodness the shimmer! I wish you could see it IRL. It makes me happy. Just like coffee.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, September 29, 2014

Handmade for Christmas

Hi everyone! Today I'm joining my Hero Arts friends for a blog hop featuring goodies from the Handmade for Christmas catalog. You should have arrived here by way of the sweet and talented Lucy Abrams. If you didn't, head on back to the Hero Arts blog to start from the very beginning.

For my card today, I decided to use one of my very favorite sets from the new catalog, Family and Friends.

I really have a thing for bottle brush trees, so this set was love at first sight for me! They are so much fun. Today I was inspired by this cool photo to create an entire little "forest" of them.

I worked on watercolor paper, and got out my paintbrush and water bottle while playing with colors inspired by the photo - Navy, Tide Pool, Forever Green and Neon Blue inks.

I love the little circles included in the set. They could be used as ornaments, but I added them randomly to the sky, to add a whimsical, bokeh-like look.

And now the fun part of the hop! Hero Arts will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE that includes an assortment of stamps, inks, stencils and dies valued at over $75. Two $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift cards will also be awarded. The three prize winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers' blogs, so the more comments left along the hop, the better their odds of winning! The giveaways will close at 11:59pm PST on Thursday, Oct 2, with the winners announced on the Hero Arts blog on Friday, Oct 3.

To continue with the hop, please head over to Yana Smakula's blog!

Hero Arts
Lisa Spangler
Kelly Rasmussen
Donna Mikasa
Tami Hartley
Cheiron Brandon
Jennifer McGuire
Mariana Grigsby
Lucy Abrams
Libby Hickson --- that's me!
Yana Smakula
Wida Miller

Thanks for stopping by!


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