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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hero Arts + Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Collaboration Blog Hop!


Hello and welcome! Today I am thrilled to be hopping along with the fabulous teams at Hero Arts and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. We've joined forces for one big happy blog party! You should have stopped here by way of Janette Kausen's beautiful blog. If not, head back to the Scrapbook Adhesives blog to start at the very beginning!

I am a huge fan of the basics from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - their adhesives and foam squares. I use them on pretty much everything I make! And I also use them at the classes I teach, when we provide the adhesive. The people at Scrapbook Adhesives are so kind, I love joining forces with them!

For today's projects, I used the Hero Arts Artistic Peony Frame Cuts in a bit of a different way. This die set was designed to be used to cut out the Artist Peony woodblock stamp.


The stamp is GORGEOUS, but I thought it would be fun to use the die by itself. Turns out, with a little liquid watercolor, the result as a stand alone die is gorgeous, too!


I painted the flower on the left with Strawberry Liquid Watercolor, and the one on the right with Mulled Wine.  The flower centers are Dandelion. I die cut the flower again, and trimmed into "leaf" shapes, and painted those with Moss. I love that the centers are a separate die cut - I popped those up with 3D Foam Squares White Mix, and the leaves were attached using my favorite adhesive - the E-Z Runner Grand Refillable Dispenser. A little Diamond Stickles in the flowers centers made me swoon even more!

Eventually I'll put these flowers onto cards or other projects, but for right now they are making me happy just hanging out on my desk where I can look at them!

Now onto the good stuff....

There are two fabulous prize packs up for grabs today. Each prize pack is valued at $35 - one sponsored by Hero Arts and one sponsored by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Winners will be drawn from the entries collected on Rafflecopter - you have until Sunday, June 24th at 11:59PM Central to enter. Click HERE to enter and follow each step. Good luck! Winners will be announced next Tuesday, June 26th.

Now let's get hopping. Next on the list is Linsey Rickett! I can't wait to see what she made! Here's the entire hop list.


Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®
Hero Arts
Amy Tsuruta
Christine Meyer
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Linsey Rickett
Margie Higuchi
Michelle Short
Shannon Morgan
Shellye McDaniel
Teri Anderson
Terri Burson
Tracy McLennon
Valerie Ward
Yvonne van de Grijp

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 4, 2018

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

Hello and welcome! Today I'm hopping with Hero Arts and friends as they release the June edition of My Monthly Hero and the associated add-on products. You should have hopped here after visiting Jessica Frost-Ballas. If you didn't, head back over to the Hero Arts blog to start at the beginning!

This month's kit is probably up there on my list of all-time favorites. It takes me away to a relaxing day at the seashore, and I very much love that! You'll see a couple of the projects I made with it over at the Hero Arts blog today. Here are a couple more, with ideas beyond the beautiful Color Layering water stamps!


For this first card, I used the oh so fabulous sand embossing powder in the kit to create texture on some starfish! I began by applying direct-to-paper Summer Sky ink (included in the kit) to create the blue background. Next, I embossed some scrap cardstock with the sand embossing powder (again applying the VersaMark for the embossing direct-to-paper), and then I die cut the starfish. They are popped up with foam squares for fun dimension.


For my second card, I created a sympathy card using some calming images from the kit.


Again, I began by inking up the background direct-to-paper with the Summer Sky ink. Next, I stamped the base cloud images using Unicorn White ink. Once it was dry, I stamped the second layer using Soft Granite. I love the beautiful birds flying around the card, stamped in Intense Black ink.


Here's a look at the entire amazing kit. I am fairly sure this one is going to be a quick sellout!

I'm part of an amazing blog hop today! Be sure to leave a comment for everyone along the hop - Hero Arts will be drawing a winner among all the comments to receive a free kit! Get your comments in by Sunday, June 10 at 11:59pm PST.

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

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to grade your kit before they are gone. Check out all of the fun add-on products, too! You can buy them all and save a little money, if you love them as much as I do!

Happy stamping!

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June 2018 My Monthly Hero
June 2018 My Monthly Hero
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Unicorn White Ink
Unicorn White Ink
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VersaMark Ink
VersaMark Ink
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Intense Black Ink
Intense Black Ink
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Seas The Day Seagulls
Seas The Day Seagulls
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Seas the Day Seagulls Frame Cut
Seas the Day Seagulls Frame Cut
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Seal of Approval
Seal of Approval
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Seal of Approval Frame Cuts
Seal of Approval Frame Cuts
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You & Me By The Sea
You & Me By The Sea
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Beach Messages
Beach Messages
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Beach Please Stamp & Cut
Beach Please Stamp & Cut
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Abstract Wave Bold Prints
Abstract Wave Bold Prints
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Beachy Bold Prints
Beachy Bold Prints
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Beach Frame Fancy Die
Beach Frame Fancy Die
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Wave & Sea Confetti Die
Wave & Sea Confetti Die
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Liquid Watercolor Dark Teal
Liquid Watercolor Dark Teal
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Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Daily Market 30 Day Coloring Challenge + Giveaway!


Today I'm thrilled to be joining my friend Kathy Racoosin as she kicks off her 10th coloring challenge! She started yesterday on June 1, and the challenge will run through the end of the month. And she's done it ten different times now! How amazing is that? She inspires the crafting community to take a break from the crazy and just spend ten minutes relaxing and coloring, each and every day. I love that so much! So you should have arrived here by way of the Stamping Bella blog - if not, head back to The Daily Marker to start at the beginning!

For Kathy's challenge, there is no need to make what you color into a finished card - it's just about the coloring. But of course you're welcome to make cards! So this is the card I made, after coloring a pretty new background stamp from Hero Arts.


I stamped Blossoms for Coloring Bold Prints in Versamark ink on black cardstock, and white heat embossed. Then I got to work with my Chameleon colored pencils. I love using these - I'm not a coloring genius like Kathy, and it makes it to easy to blend as two colors that go great together are together on one pencil! But I didn't even do much blending on this - the color itself pops so much on the black paper. For some colors I put white down first and then went over it with the color. I love the look!


I finished the card by adding a message from the Peonies stamp set (which, by the way, is another fun one to color!), and mounted the panel on a Snow folded card.

I'd love for you to try coloring this fun background, too! I have two cling backgrounds to give away today, both from the recent Hero Arts Summer Release - Blossoms for Coloring and Flowers for Coloring! I'll draw two winners from the comments to receive one of these stamps! Please leave your comment on this post by next Saturday, June 9 at midnight.


Now let's hop! I'm so honored to be a part of this amazing list of stampers & craft companies! From here you should be heading over to my amazingly talented friend Lydia's blog, Understand Blue. I'm sure she'll be knocking your socks off with something!


Stampin Libby (you are here!!)

And be sure to visit The Daily Marker for all of the details about The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge!! Kathy has lined up a bunch of fun for her 10th challenge!

Thanks for stopping by,

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Blossoms for Coloring Bold Prints
Blossoms for Coloring Bold Prints
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Flowers for Coloring Bold Prints
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Peonies
Peonies
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White Embossing Powder
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VersaMark Ink
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Heat Tool
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Chameleon Pencils
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Get Cracking On Christmas - May Edition

It's time to Get Cracking on Christmas! On the third Thursday of the month, I join some crafty friends to post Christmas cards. The hope is that by December, I'll have a nice little stack of cards to send out. Although, I suppose this month's card won't be sent to anyone outside of my house - this one will have to be set aside for the hubs!


I used the adorable Nice Elves set from Hero Arts. The little elves were colored with Copics, and cut out with the matching dies. I combined the elves with a message from Irreverent Elf Messages - "you tickle my tinsel" cracks me up! I embossed it with Silver Sparkle, and mounted it all on vellum.

The background was stamped repeatedly with images from the Nice Elves set. I finished everything with Stickles, on both the mistletoe in the background, and on the elves' trim.


Make sure and check out what my friends Jenn, Cheiron and Chari came up with today!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Nice Elves
Nice Elves
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Nice Elves Frame Cuts
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Irreverent Elf Messages
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SIlver Sparkle Embossing Powder
SIlver Sparkle Embossing Powder
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Classic Vellum
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Copic Markers
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Stickles Star Dust
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hero Arts 2018 Catalog Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

It's release day at Hero Arts! Today the products from the 2018 Summer Catalog are launching on the Hero Arts website, and we're celebrating with a fun blog hop! You should have come here by way of the Hero Arts blog - if you didn't, I highly recommend you head back and start at the beginning.

Today I'm sharing a favorite card I created for the catalog. This is a release is a combination of flowers and a western theme. The On The Prairie fancy die combines the two! It is inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe, one of the great artists of the American Southwest, and I absolutely love it!


I die cut the skull and flowers from Bristol paper, and watercolored them loosely using Liquid Watercolors in Purple, Strawberry, Deep Ocean, Moss and Pine, with some watered down Black on the skull itself. Once they were dry, I also added a big of glitter glue to the centers. For the background, I die cut clouds from Classic Vellum with the Nesting Clouds Infinity Dies, and then mounted it all on a panel of Decorative Woodgrain Cardstock. The "hello" message is from the Hero Florals Rose Stamp & Cut, and I stamped it in Unicorn White ink on a small bit of black cardstock, and popped it up.


I was inspired by this Georgia O'Keeffe painting when creating this card. What do you think, did I achieve the feel of it? Kinda sorta?


Now it's time to hop. Be sure to visit everyone along the hop and leave comments - Hero Arts will be giving away TWO $50 gift certificates to lucky winners drawn from the blog comments across the hop. You have until Sunday, May 20 at 11:59pm pacific to leave those comments! You're almost at the end of the hop - all that's left is the one and only Jennifer McGuire!

The Hero Arts Blog
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jessica Frost-Ballas
May Sukyong Park
Michelle Short
Yana Smakula
Kathy Racoosin
Kelly Latevola
Lydia Fiedler
Wanda Guess
Cynde Whitlow
Ericka Strange
Jeanne Jachna
Juhi Khanna
Karen Bull
Kim Hamilton
Lisa Stein
Meghan Peterson
Michelle Yuen
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Jennifer McGuire

Thanks for stopping by today!


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On The Prairie Fancy Die
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Liquid Watercolors Purple
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Liquid Watercolors Strawberry
Liquid Watercolors Strawberry
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Liquid Watercolors Deep Ocean
Liquid Watercolors Deep Ocean
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Liquid Watercolors Moss
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Liquid Watercolors Pine
Liquid Watercolors Pine
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Liquid Watercolors Black
Liquid Watercolors Black
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Nesting Cloud Infinity Dies
Nesting Cloud Infinity Dies
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Classic Vellum
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Decorative Woodgrain Cardstock
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Unicorn White Ink
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Hero Florals Rose Stamp & Cut
Hero Florals Rose Stamp & Cut
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