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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,

Monday, March 7, 2016

March My Monthly Hero release blog hop!


Hello! Today another fabulous kit is releasing over in the Hero Arts store. You should have landed here from the blog of one of my favorite people, Mariana Grigsby! If you didn't, be sure to head back to the Hero Arts blog and learn more about this awesome kit!

This month's kit was a collaboration with Marianne Walker! If you don't know Marianne, she is the queen of Copic markers! Her coloring is amazing. She's a super talented artist. And she's incredibly nice. I'm so thrilled I got to work with her on this kit!!



The main kit contains some coloring cards drawn by Marianne. They are so much fun to color!! I colored a couple of them, they are on the homepage slider and kit landing page over on the Hero Arts website. Another cool thing about the kit is that there are stamps & dies included - and the stamp images match some of the images in the coloring cards! So if you want, you can color the card, and then stamp an additional image, color it in, die cut it out, and add it to your card! FUN!! Or, you can just do what I did on these cards, and use the stamps on their own, without the coloring cards.

This first card reminds me of two things. First, the azaleas that grow all over the place here in Georgia. I love them!! This card kind of looks like a bush with azaleas popping out. Or... it also looks a bit like poinsettias! But I made this a sympathy card, not Christmas - so we're going with azaleas! (Even though that's not really an azalea bloom... but work with me here, people!) :-)



I stamped and white embossed the flowers all over a piece of watercolor paper. Then I just quickly added paint to the card. Nothing perfect here - just quick paint on the card. I love this look! I also wanted to show you that you don't have to ONLY use this kit with Copics! Although I do adore my Copics. I used them for the next card...



This is another little blossom stamp in the kit. I drew in the long stems by hand, then stamped the cute little leaf that's in the stamp set. So who still has their corrugator? I am determined to make that tool have a crafty comeback - I love the look of corrugation!

I'm in the launch blog hop with some of my favorite coloring professionals on the planet. Seriously, they are my stamping idols, and I'm kind of freaking out a little. In fact, I almost want to run and hide somewhere because I really cannot hang with these ladies. But alas, here I am. HA! So why don't you visit their blogs, leave some love - and while you're at it, you'll be entered into the drawing for one of two awesome prizes - either an MMH kit, or a prize pack put together by Marianne herself.

The Hero Arts Blog
Marianne Walker
Sharon Harnist
Cindy Lawrence
Lori Craig
Debbie Olson
Michelle Houghton
Mariana Grigsby
Libby Hickson (me!)

Before I go, I have to share one more thing. When I was in Anaheim for the big Craft & Hobby Association tradeshow in January, I got to get my photo snapped with a few of these amazing ladies. Yes, I am the stampy paparazzi. It was such a thrill to see all of them!!

Here I am with Cindy and Debbie. I was trying to get their coloring skills to rub off on me. No such luck.


This is with Lori (yikes I look exhausted!).


And here I am with the kit artist herself - Marianne. YAY!!! It was so much fun to say hi to all of them.


Now be sure to head on over to the Hero Arts store and pick up your kit HERE!!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Lasting Hearts Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to the Hero Arts Lasting Hearts blog hop. You should have arrived here by way of sweet & talented Amy Tsuruta's blog. If you didn't, head on back to the Hero Arts blog to begin at the very beginning.

We're hopping today to tell you about three new products from Hero Arts, in support of Lasting Hearts. My friend and coworker Kimberly started this non-profit organization to assist mothers as they are going through unimaginable pain - the loss of a pregnancy. You can read Kimberly's heartbreaking story here. I am so amazed by her strength and her compassion to turn her own heartache into a cause to help so many other grieving mothers.

Hero Arts has three new products, with 25% of sales going to Lasting Hearts. The money will be used to provide the book "You Are The Mother of All Mothers" by Angela Miller to OB/GYN offices, to give to women who have suffered loss.

For my first card, I used stamps from the So Sorry Stamp & Cut set, stamped in Crimson hybrid ink. The background is watercolored, and it's nice and flat for mailing.



This next card uses the same So Sorry Stamp & Cut set. This time I created a heart stencil by die cutting with one of the dies. Then I sponged on Pool, Aquatic and Summer Sky ink. It needed a little extra something, so I took a black pen and doodled on the heart outlines.



I made these cards single-layer so I can easily mail them. Not only can you donate to purchase books for Lasting Hearts, but they are also collecting handmade cards to include with the donated books. Send cards with unsealed envelopes to:

Lasting Hearts Card Drive
2892 N Bellflower Blvd Ste 216
Long Beach, CA 90815

And now, let's get on with the hop! Next up is Yana Smakula, who I have no doubt has created something beautiful! The entire hop list is below - be sure to visit everyone and leave comments, Hero Arts is hosting a giveaway that will be drawn from all of the comments on all of the blogs!

The Hero Arts Blog
Kelly Rasmussen
Sandy Allnock
Mariana Grigsby
Clare Prezzia
May Sukyong Park
Amy Tsuruta
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Yana Smakula

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