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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,

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Another April My Monthly Hero card!

The April My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts is already sold out. In fact, it sold out within two days. And I'll admit I'm not at all surprised - the kit is stunningly gorgeous! And we included fabulous Daniel Smith watercolor dots in the kit. NICE!! I think it's my very favorite MMH kit so far!

I created a few cards with the kit that we used for the landing page photo for the Hero Arts website. I shared one of them during the launch hop, and here's another.


I looooove this gorgeous Quinacridone Pink paint included in the kit! All of the paints included on the dot card in the kit are currently available in the Hero Arts store in full size tubes. I'm going to need a big tube of this pretty pink!


I used gold embossing powder on the flower before painting, and embossed the message as well. I'm loving the gold with watercolor!

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, April 4, 2016

April My Monthly Hero - blog hop + giveaway!



Hello and welcome to the April My Monthly Hero release blog hop!! You should have made your way here by way of the sweet, lovely and immensely talented Kathy Racoosin's blog! If you didn't, head back over to the Hero Arts blog to start at the very beginning.

I absolutely LOVE that this month's kit comes with a dot card of Daniel Smith watercolors. Hooray for watercolors!! AND - the dot card contains really gorgeous shades of PURPLE!! Hooray for purple!!


For this card, I used one of the smaller buds in the stamp set - there are several. I seriously watercolored this in like 2 minutes. And it may be one of my favorite cards ever! Watercoloring doesn't have to be difficult. Do it loose and messy - and have fun with it! I know this is going to be shocking to some of you - but I didn't even tape down my paper before painting!! GASP! (I am way too lazy for that.)


Here's everything that comes in the kit! The dies are so cool - you can cut out the entire large rose. Or you can stamp it several times and just cut out parts of it to layer it. OR you can stamp it once and cut it with the layering die, and pop up different portions of it. How cool is that???


I'm part of a really amazing blog hop today. I was the final stop - but if you started here, by all means do yourself a favor and visit all of these amazing blogs!!

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

Hero Arts is giving away one more kit - drawn from the comments left across all of these blogs. So hop along and comment for a chance to win!

And go and grab yourself one of these amazing kits.

Happy stamping!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Hoppy Easter!

If you know me at all, you know the first stamp that caught my eye in the Hero Arts Hipster Animals set was the adorable bunny!! I *heart* bunnies.


I didn't make him hipster but instead turned him into an Easter card! I stamped him with the Intense Black ink, and colored him in with my Copics.


The set has a stamp that says "hoppy birthday" - I changed it to Easter using my Essential Uppercase letters.



Hoppy Easter!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Hello hello!! I am here today to share a fun little card I made for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!
If you love stamping, and you love COFFEE, you need to check out all of the fun cards in this hop!! My sweet friend Amy Tsuruta does an AMAZING job pulling this cardmaking coffee party together!

For my card today, I used the Hero Arts stamp Cup of Coffee! Pretty perfect, yes?


I stamped the coffee cup in Antique Linen Distress Ink on watercolor paper, then colored it with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. The message is from the FABULOUS coffee-themed Essentials by Ellen set Oh Frappe, designed by Julie Ebersole. (I *heart* Julie!!) Hey, thanks for the words of encouragement, coffee!


I finished my card with some paint splatters. I am all about the paint splatters lately!

Ok, I'm off to link up my little card on the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop site, yay!

Thanks for stopping by,

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