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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Hero Arts Anniversary Blog Hop - Day 1 - Release + GIVEAWAY!



Hello and welcome! Today I am hopping with Hero Arts, celebrating their 45th Anniversary with the release of the 2019 Summer Catalog. 45 years is such an incredible accomplishment!!

For today's card, I played with one of my favorite things from the new release - the yummy Reactive Inks! They are fabulous - they blend like a dream, and are extra fun when spritzed with water. I combined them with the Paper Layering Seahorses die.


For my background, I blended together Pool Party and Blue Hawaii inks. I then added drops of water, both by misting and then by addding larger droplets with my fingers. There is a subtle design in the background, which is the Bubbles Bold Prints stamped with the new Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink.

The seahorse die cut was covered direct-to-paper with the Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink, and then sprinkled with Sparkling Sea embossing powder and heat set. This embossing powder is really unique and fun - it contains large clear embossing pieces, a hint of blue, and some sparkle. It's great for embossing large things like this entire seahorse, but it's quite chunky and wouldn't work for detailed images or messages. I die cut the seahorse a second time, and covered that one direct-to-paper with the Blue Hawaii ink, and layered it behind the embossed seahorse. The message from Mix & Match Compliments was stamped in Blue Hawaii, and I adhered a few Ombre Blue Sequins with Precision Glue to finish the card.


Today's hop contains prizes from a bunch of wonderful sponsors! Check the Hero Arts blog for all of the details!


Winners will be drawn from people who leave comments along the blog hop over the three days - comment all three days for more chances to win! Comment by Sunday, June 2 at 11:59pm PST, and they will announce the winners on the Hero Arts blog the following week. Here's the list of hoppers:

Hero Arts
Caly Person
Debi Adams
Ellen Hutson LLC
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Julee Tilman
Kathy Racoosin
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Mariana Grigsby
May Sukyong Park
Michelle Short
Yana Smakula

My love for Hero Arts began almost 10 years ago, when a random tweet made me end up with the dream job of working with them. Seriously - I tweeted something like "I wish someone would hire me for a crafty dream job" and it happened to be seen by a Hero Arts employee at the time, my sweet soon-to-be friend, Lisa Spangler. It's pretty crazy - sometimes if you just put things out into the universe, things will happen! I love Hero Arts stamps, but for me the best part is the wonderful people I've gotten to work with over the years.






(Sorry to my wonderful coworkers who aren't pictured here - you are all amazing!!)

Thanks for stopping by,

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287 comments:

  1. You can never have enough glitter in my opinion! This is bee-u-ti-ful Libby❤

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  2. Wow, there is a ton of inky goodness today ... lovin' it all.

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  3. This is really pretty! :) Love how that seahorse turned out.

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  4. That seahorse is spectacular! I need some reactive inks!

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  5. I wish I could see how sparkly this is in real life. I'm sure it is fantastic.

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  6. The seahorse is incredible. Love how you colored and layered it. Must remember this technique!

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  7. The seahorse is awesome. Love how your coloring and how you layered it.
    Happy 45 anniversary to Hero Arts - a favorite company with a great product line!

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  8. absolutely love your card, the coloring is amazing and congratulations on a dream job...wow, I'm jealous, haha

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  9. Ooh what a cool creation! The seahorse is awesome! :)

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  10. Awwww I love the pictures! Thanks for sharing! What a BEAUTIFUL blue seahorse creation!

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  11. I love the ink blending you did on the card!

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  12. I can only imagine what this card looks like in real life but it is gorgeous online! You did a fantastic job with this set.

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  13. wow - this sea horse is gorgeous - thanks for the ideas:)

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  14. The sea horse with this background is stunning! I love ocean theme cards and this one is amazing!

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  15. I *need* to get some of these reactive inks! Great card

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous card! Love the amazing colors.
    Thanks for sharing...

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  17. That seahorse is wonderful!! Thanks for sharing and Happy Anniversary to Hero Arts!

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  18. Who doesn't love a seahorse? Great color choices, too - just a really great card!

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  19. How fun that you got your dream job by tweeting!!

    Your card is amazing! Love the gorgeous colors and the beautifully done seahorse!

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  20. Your treatment of the seahorse is amazing

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  21. This is so beautiful and sea scenes usually aren't this gorgeous. That seahorse turned out wonderful. I had to go back to the background to see the bubbles stamp. I'll bet this is even better in person!

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  22. What a beautiful card, I love all the elements and details on it - you did a fabulous job!

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  23. This card is just beautiful. Love the background but especially how you did the seahorse. Fabulous job.

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  24. The seahorse really is outstanding, like the way you have blended all the blues together.

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  25. The dots on the sea horse are just perfect, like a real one. I LOVE sea horses and sea dragons! This is very interesting and wonderful.

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  26. How pretty! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  27. Love this card.reminds me when we saw the seahorses in Hawaii, so a design that Brings back memories of a wonderful trip.

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  28. Hi Libby, Wow, your entry into the Hero Arts universe is an amazing story! Well deserved honor! Love your card today, especially your amazing nackground and the awesome embossing powder! I'm a big fan of the layering stamps, too. Thanks so much for sharing the details of your card!

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  29. Love the seahorse. The background is wonderful.

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  30. I love this card! Thank you for your wonderful inspiration!

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  31. Absolutely love the blue inks and now I must have them! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

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  32. Beautiful card! It looks like everyone had a wonderful time at Hero Arts.

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  33. Amazing!!!! Love the seahorse!!! Great pics!!

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  34. Stunning card I have an affinity with seahorses and raely see them
    Lovely coloring

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  35. My goodness, this just pops off the page, it is awesome!

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  36. Just beautiful! I love the colors. Blue is my fav. I am going to have to try those reactive inks!!

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  37. Beautiful..and what a super job to have...

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  38. I love the use of blues for the seahorse.

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  39. Love the seahorse. The blues are gorgeous.

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  40. That seahorse is gorgeous. Love that these stamps are available. Such a great variety, and of course, I want all of them. You did a beautiful job with the inking, too. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  41. Beautiful card in great colours ! I like it a lot.
    Thank you for sharing those pictures; you sure look like a big happy crafty family !

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  42. The sea horse is fantastic.
    Love how he's layered - gives
    so much dimension. Great card.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. I like the way you backed the seahorse with an inked piece to emphasize it. Beautiful card!

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  44. Love this seahorse! Can't wait to see the new catalog.

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  45. Gorgeous! I've been looking for ideas for that sea horse die.

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  46. Oh what beautiful art you have created. I was first, of course, attracted by your layered seahorse and how nicely they combine with the Hero Arts Hues ink. As I scrolled through your blog, I was also very impressed with you pink poinsettia! Thank you!

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  47. Love the seahorse! So beautiful.

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  48. such a beautiful card, the blues, oh my!

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  49. Love your seahorse! That embossing powder looks amazing. Love all the blues you used!

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  50. Your card is spectacular, Libby! Love the seahorse, the blues, the embossing powder - well, I guess I just love everything about this card!!

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  51. Love what you did with the seahorse, lifelike! Those colors are beautiful!

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  52. Beautiful use of the various blues. I love it!

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  53. Gorgeous! Clean, simple and fresh!

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  54. Gorgeous card, beautiful background. I love the Layering Seahorse.

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  55. So pretty! Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations and those pictures - looks like such fun! Happy 45th Hero Arts!

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  56. The card is beautiful and I love,love,love that Seahorse.

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  57. layerint of seahorse bid very good

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  58. Love the new sparkly sea embossing powder! Lovely card!

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  59. Awesome card, I love the seahorse!!

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  60. thanks for the pics ! I wish I was there ;)
    Lovely card, too :)

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  61. The sea blue of the card and seahorse is beautiful.

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  62. I love the reactive inks too! Great seahorse Die!

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  63. Love the background and the large seahorse did.

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  64. That is so beautiful! In one of my favorite colors! I like the layering of the seahorses.

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  65. Beautiful card!! Someday I eill try those inks. They look amazing!! I too wish someone would hire me for a crafty dream job!! So glad someone reacted to your comment. Thank you for the inspiration!!

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  66. The double diecut technique is a new idea thank you! Love how the new inks pop this card.

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  67. Happy Anniversary Hero Arts! 🎉

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  68. Absolutely gorgeous colors here! Great card!

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  69. Beautiful shades of blue in the Hero Arts reactive inks! Love the seahorse!

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  70. Happy looking seahorse. The watery background is stunning. Brenda West

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  71. Wow what a perfect card for summer. What a beautiful detailed seahorse.

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  72. I love anything sea/beach related, so this is a ME card. And I found a stamp I didn't have but HAVE TO HAVE - it's the Bubbles Bold Background - how have I not seen this before. I love that it's just barely visible in the background. Beautiful !!

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  73. I love your card! You used my favorite color and sea creature. Beautiful card!

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  74. Gorgeous card! I recently bought this seahorse. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  75. beautiful card I love all the stamps used and inks

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  76. Beautiful colors. Very vibrant.

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  77. You are so very lucky to have said such a simple 'thing' and be picked up! Congrats to you and to Hero Arts on 45 years!

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  78. Bubble Bold Prints in the background makes this card look so awesome! Great job and congrats on your dream job :)

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  79. What a lovely project, thanks for the inspirational idea! Hero Arts products are always so fun to use.

    Carol B

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  80. Such a fun card! I love the use of the embossing powder on the seahorse!

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  81. Great blending on your water! It looks so real and I love the sea horse. You chose the perfect colors.

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  82. The seahorse makes such a bold statement on this lovely card.

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  83. What a lovely story on how you got your dream job a Hero Arts. How fortunate for you.

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  84. That's a sweet story. Love the blue blended bacground.

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  85. That's so great how you told your personal story, thank you! I have the Bubbles stamp and I love how you paired it with the Seahorse and the beautiful colors

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  86. I love this card. So pretty, I love everything ocean related! Can’t ever get enough. Thank you for sharing!

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  87. I love their BG stamps best of all...and I am looking at the bubbles, but I really want the jellyfish and the Venetian neighborhood and and and...
    That is a lovely bold card!
    Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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  88. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

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  89. What a cool background Libby. Those blue hues are so pretty! Perfect for the seahorse.

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  90. The seahorse is gorgeous! Beautiful!

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  91. Love that card. Seahorses are my favorite critter

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  92. Love the layering on the seahorse. And thanks for the info on the embossing powder.

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  93. Love the bubbles in the background and the seahorse!

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  94. What a fabulous seahorse. Love your card.

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  95. such a pretty card . happy 45th anniversary hero arts .. such great products heres me hoping to win

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  96. Wow.love the colors on the seahorse.your card is gorgeous !!! Thank you for sharing !!!

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  97. Absolutely gorgeous! I need that bubble background stamp!

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  98. I have never used reactive inks from any company before. I like the texture it creates

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  99. Love your card! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  100. Love that color combination of your reactive inks. That seahorse layering is perfect with those ink background.

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  101. I love anything ocean themed & your seahorse is beautiful. Those inks look like fun.

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  102. This is a breathtaking card. Just beautiful. I love all the components you used. Thanks.

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  103. Neat seahorse. Great blending

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  104. Beautiful! Happy 45th anniversary Hero Arts!

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  105. Beautiful use of blues! Happy 45th Hero Arts!

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  106. Love your card. Love the seahorse and your background is amazing.

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  107. So pretty, the reactive inks are so bright. They are just....WOW!!!

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  108. Love your bold colors and that embossing powder...so creative of you!

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  109. Beautiful card! I love the texture that you got on that seahorse!

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  110. Gorgeous card! Great use of the reactive ink with the seahorse theme

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  111. love your story - thanks for sharing! Keep living the dream!

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  112. The seahorse is incredible! Great card!

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  113. Just a stunning card. Love your background, the colors, design, and the seahorse...swoon! What a dream job indeed. I would love a job like that someday too....are you listening universe? lol. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  114. A really wonderful seahorse you've made. Great colors and texture.

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  115. Awesome card! I love that diecut!

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  116. Love the card and the Reactive Inks! Thanks for sharing.

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  117. I love the colors of the reactive ink!

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  118. Amazing colors! Love the awesome texture you have on the seahorse!

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  119. Such beautiful colors & textures! Love that seahorse!

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  120. Wonderful card with the lovely background.. Thanks for sharing the photos of Hero Arts

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  121. Beautiful card. Love all the fun photos too.

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  122. Christine MillerMay 23, 2019 at 1:24 AM

    The water drops are perfect.

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  123. Gorgeous seahorse card with a terrific background. Thank you for sharing your time and talent with us

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  124. Love sea horses nice ocean scene. Love hero arts products they art great company in the industry.

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  125. Beautiful card! I love the sea horse and that embossing powder is so pretty.

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  126. The seahorse is awesome! Thanks for the chance to win and sharing.

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  127. Oh the seahorse is beautiful and llove the layering of it!

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  128. Oh my goodness Libby that card is absolutely AMAZING!! love it - those new products look fabulous. Great to see you here - I was missing you!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  129. What a gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing your personal connection with HA, it's a great story!

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  130. Very nice card and such fun photos! Thank you for sharing!
    Kind regards from stempelfrida
    http://stempelfrida.blogspot.de

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  131. Lovely card and beautiful colors 😍

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  132. I love all of the new ideas!

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  133. Wow! The embossed seahorse and gorgeous background!

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  134. I love the ocean colors you used for the seahorse. The bubbles and the water splats add a nice touch also.

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  135. It looks like you had so much fun. I would love that! Your card is so dreamy and gorgeous. Those inks are amazing.

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  136. Anything that has to do with the sea and beach just makes me smile and relax.

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  137. This looks like a fun trip!!! So jealous! The card that you shared is so pretty...I love seahorses!

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  138. Love the reactive inks that are released such bold colors! That sparkling sea embossing powder looks fun!

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  139. Thank you for the lovely inspiration! Congrats to Hero Arts!

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  140. Beautiful card. I love the texture on the seahorse. I definitely have to try the embossing powder.

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  141. Loving all the texture and colour as your seahorse 'jumps' off the card front Libby! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring us all!

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  142. Beautiful seahorse...love your card!!

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  143. Your card is wonderful. Love the seahorse and colors.

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  144. Such vibrant colors - love the seahorse!

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  145. oh my that seahorse, so sparkly wow!!

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  146. I love the affect the unique embossing powder gives. The reactive ink is simply amazing! Great cards!

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  147. Cute card. I love the story of how you ended up working for Hero Arts. I wish something like that would happen to me someday.

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  148. Those colors and textures are gorgeous!

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  149. Your card is wonderful, the blues so vibrant. Happy Anniversary Hero Arts.

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  150. I love Hero Arts and blog hops because they inspire me to create--thank you!

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  151. Beautiful card. I love all the texture you achieved

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  152. Beautiful blues. Gorgeous card

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  153. Your card looks great! I love how you made the seahorse. :) What a great story on how you started working for Hero Arts!

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  154. wonderful, love the great Sea horse with the great color and texture.
    Thanks for sharing this great new release.

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  155. Love how you created the Seahorse. They are the coolest creatures. Great card!

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  156. Beautiful! Love all the subtle effects you can add with the hero hues ink!

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  157. Beautiful card! The reactive inks look fabulous and fun to play with.

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  158. Love all the colors and makes me wish I was on some tropical island, crafting with a cool breeze. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy 45th to HA!

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  159. Love the seahorse, and your colors are so pretty! Looking forward to seeing all of the colors of these water activated inks!!!

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  160. Can't wait to try these new inks!!! Love your card. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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  161. What a fun card! Love the pictures with hero arts, so fun!

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  162. Wow.. Such a fantastic card...love the background so much..

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  163. Lovely card! That seahorse is gorgeous!

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  164. I love the seahorse. It's already in my cart. Happy Anniversary Hero Arts!

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  165. What a wonderful way to get a job! Love your seahorse card!

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  166. Marisela Delgado said: Such a great card. mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  167. So beautiful!! I love the blue!! Fabulous card!!

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  168. Love your card. Can't wait to try it.

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  169. Love those reactive inks and your seahorse card is gorgeous! Glad Lisa saw your tweet and made a dream come true!

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  170. The reactive inks just add so much to your card. I love the seahorse. Very cute. Gives me motivation to make something similar.

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  171. Wow. I always forgot I can emboss die cuts like that. This one looks great. Makes it quite unique.

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  172. Adorable sea critter design, Libby. Love the effect of the reactive inks!

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  173. Beautiful card - those reactive inks made for a gorgeous background. Thanks for sharing!

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  174. Love the colours! Great card ❤️

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  175. Such a beautiful blue card! My favorite part of the card is the sea horse.

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  176. Gorgeous card and awesome story :)

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