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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Get Cracking On Christmas - August Edition



It's time for another Get Cracking On Christmas post - my friend Jenn's brilliant idea for making Christmas cards throughout the year, so we have a nice little stash going by the time we need them. Today I played with a brand new Hero Arts die called Very Merry Tree Fancy Die.


For the first card, I die cut the tree from a white panel that I planned to be the front of my card. Then I cut it again in green cardstock, and saved all of the little negative pieces.


I carefully paper pieced all of the green pieces back into the cut away places on my white panel. The words on this die are very fine and fragile, so I found the easiest way to keep them in place was to put the white die cut panel back into the die, turn it over and apply dots of liquid glue, and glue it onto another piece of white cardstock. Then I went in and added the green bits.


I didn't want the green die cut piece to go to waste, so I made a card with it as well. This one is just mounted on top of the white cardstock panel. It's hard to really tell the difference in these photos - but there is a difference!


This tree die is one of my favorites from the Hero Arts winter release. It's not on the website just yet - watch for a big release blog hop on Wednesday August 22! But you can find it now at your favorite retailers.

Now please make sure to check out what my crackin' friends made today - Jenn Shurkus, Chari Moss and Cheiron Brandon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 6, 2018

August 2018 My Monthly Hero - Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

This month's My Monthly Hero release from Hero Arts is all about one of my very favorite things -  COFFEE!! I love coffee in pretty much all of its forms, including the paper, photopolymer, rubber and ink forms! I made a bunch of projects this month for the Hero Arts website...


You can see a couple of these cards highlighted on the Hero Arts blog today. And here are the details of a couple more. This first one is one of my favorites!


For my first card, I used a fun cup, foam top, straw and message from the kit. Also included in the kit are a Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen as well as White Puff Embossing Powder. A super fun technique is to draw on the foam with the lacquer pen, sprinkle with the embossing powder, and heat. Both the embossing powder and the lacquer bubble up a bit, giving some fun dimension! It is soft at first, but after setting for just a bit it hardens into a more stable foam topper! For this card, I added a little Snowfall Glitter as well - that is a new, chunky glitter coming to the Hero Arts store with the winter release on August 22!


On the card above, I created the background by making dots with Copic markers - fun and easy! For this next card, I used one of the latte patterns from the kit to create my background.


I used the Ombre Soft Brown to Cup O' Joe ink, repeating the pattern randomly with the various shades of brown in the ombre ink pad. Then I stamped and die cut the coffee cup and steam, coloring the cup with my Copic markers and stamping the steam again in Soft Brown. The heart and message from the kit were both embossed in white.


This last project was created with one of my favorite optional add-on products - an absolutely gorgeous woodblock stamp. I joked that this looks "just like me" when I'm having my morning coffee - ha, as if! Even though Latte Libby would have been a great name for this stamp, alas, they went with Mocha Maiden.


I watercolored her using Purple and Indigo Liquid Watercolors, as well as the nice, new Cocoa color! The skintone was made with a combination of Strawberry and Dandelion. Once she was dry, I added Star Dust Stickles  as well as purple sequins from the Butterfly Garden mix.

Now it's time to hop! There's so much inspiration from these bloggers, be sure to check it all out! And like every month, there's a giveaway - be sure to comment on every blog in the hop, and a lucky winner drawn from the comments will receive a free kit! The winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog.

The Hero Arts Blog
Amy Kolling
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jennifer McGuire
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Julee Tilman
Kelly Latevola
Laurie Willison
Libby Hickson (you are HERE!)
Lydia Fiedler
Michelle Short
Nichol Spohr
Wanda Guess
Yana Smakula

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August 2018 My Monthly Hero
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Mocha Maiden
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Soft Brown Ink
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Ombre Soft Brown to Cup O' Joe Ink
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White Embossing Powder
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Cocoa Liquid Watercolor
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Purple Liquid Watercolor
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Indigo Liquid Watercolor
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Strawberry Liquid Watercolor
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Dandelion Liquid Watercolor
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Christmas in July - Get Cracking On Christmas!


Today the fun Get Cracking on Christmas monthly card challenge I've shared in the past is even more fun than usual! This month there's a whole bunch of friends all sharing Christmas cards - it's a big ol' holiday party in July! Get Cracking on Christmas was started by Jenn Shurkus, when she asked her friends Chari and Cheiron to join her each month, to challenge each other to get some Christmas cards made throughout the year, instead of waiting for crunch time in November. Somehow I weaseled my way into the fun and have joined them a few times in the past. It's so fun to spend a little time giving all of those beautiful holiday stamps I own some love - and I'll be thankful in December when I actually have a stack of Christmas cards, ready to go! You should have made your way here from Cheiron's blog. If you didn't, hop on over to Jenn's blog & start at the very beginning!

For my card today, I'm using a die that was just revealed as part of the Hero Arts winter release for 2018. It won't be available on the Hero Arts website until August 22 - and your favorite retailers have begun ordering it, so you should start seeing it in their stores very soon!


The die is called Paper Layering Neighborhood, and it creates the cutest little village scene. I thought it would be fun to make a shaped card using it, since there are two dies included - one to cut the inner portion of houses, and one to cut out around the entire scene. I cut just the frame for the back of the card, scored one side and attached it to the card front.


The little windows all come out when you die cut, so I backed the front panel with a die cut piece from vellum, which I inked up yellow to look like glowing lights in the windows. The front of the card is done in kraft paper, and colored with my Prisma pencils. I wanted it to be a cute, pastel Christmas village.


I finished the card by adding glitter "snow" along the roofs.

I have an extra set of these dies - so if you'd like to win one before you can even buy it, leave me a comment on this post telling me how you feel about snow. I'll randomly draw a winner, and post it back here on this same post.

*** WINNER UPDATE ***
I truly apologize for being so behind on posting my winners! But I'm happy to report that using random.org, my winners are:

Comment #18 for the Paper Layering Neighborhood - Isabel Z who said "I love snow and your card is fabulous."

Comment #6 for the Snowflake Infinity Dies - Wendy who said "Love this card and I love snow! I live in Northern California so we don't get to enjoy it unless we drive to the mountains. My dream is to someday rent a cabin and enjoy a white Christmas!"

Please email me at stampinlibby@gmail.com, and I'll get your prizes out to you!



Speaking of snow - as a second prize, I have an extra set of Snowflake Infinity Dies for another random winner!


Now head on over and see what my crafty friends are up to. Next up is Caryn! And here is the entire hop list:

Jenn Shurkus
Susan Opel (posting on Jenn's site)
Chari Moss
Cheiron Brandon
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Caryn Davies
Emily Midgett
Vera Yates
Tifany DeGough
Jana Millen
Lydia Fiedler
Lisa Cisneros
Susan Wymer
Jessie Banks
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Teri Anderson
Lisa Henke

How about you get cracking on Christmas, too? Make some cards and tag them #getcrackingonchristmas on social media, so we can see what you make!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, July 2, 2018

July 2018 My Monthly Hero - Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

It's My Monthly Hero release day over at Hero Arts! This month's kit is so much fun - it's a trip to the county fair! For my project today, I played with some of the optional add-ons to the kit.


Isn't this carousel horse the cutest? The set has three different carousel creatures - a regular horse, a sea horse and this beautiful unicorn. The set is called Ornate Carousel. Ornate, indeed. I colored it with my Copics, then coated a bunch of the areas in gold Stickles (which may have been still wet when I photographed this - oops). It has matching frame cuts, too - but I tortured myself with fussy cutting.


The other awesome new product I used is this absolutely gorgeous Marquee Frame die. It was cut from sold gold cardstock, and is a total wow factor. The subtle background behind the carousel is the new County Fair Bold Prints, stamped in Bubble Gum ink and then covered with a piece of Classic Vellum Layering Paper.


For my next card, I wanted to show you the yummy new color of Liquid Watercolor - PINK!! So many have been wanting a pink added to the collection, so I'm pretty excited about this.


I created the quick background with a bold wash of the pink liquid watercolor, and then also painted in the cotton candy from the add-on set You're Sweet As Pie with Pink, as well as Indigo for the cone. The message from the stamp set was embossed in Detail Black Embossing Powder, and die cut with the Nesting Oval Infinity Dies from Classic Vellum Layering Paper.


Now it's time to hop! We're got a great hop list this month, full of inspiration. And if you missed the countdown posts on the Hero Arts blog, they had tons of ideas for using the stamps from the main kit. And like every month, there's a giveaway - be sure to comment on every blog in the hop, and a lucky winner drawn from the comments will receive a free kit!

The Hero Arts Blog
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Jennifer McGuire
Kelly Latevola
Laurie Willison
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Lydia Fiedler
May Sukyong Park
Michelle Short
Nichol Spohr
Yana Smakula

Thanks for stopping by!

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Ornate Carousel
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County Fair Bold Prints
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You're Sweet As Pie
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You're Sweet As Pie Frame Cuts
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Pink Liquid Watercolor
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Marquee Frame Fancy Die
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Indigo Liquid Watercolor
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Detail Black Embossing Powder
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Nesting Oval Infinity Dies
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Classic Vellum Layering Paper
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