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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 on July 26.


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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July 2018 My Monthly Hero
July 2018 My Monthly Hero
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Ornate Carousel
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Ornate Carousel Frame Cuts
Ornate Carousel Frame Cuts
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County Fair Bold Prints
County Fair Bold Prints
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You're Sweet As Pie
You're Sweet As Pie
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You're Sweet As Pie Frame Cuts
You're Sweet As Pie Frame Cuts
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Pink Liquid Watercolor
Pink Liquid Watercolor
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Marquee Frame Fancy Die
Marquee Frame Fancy Die
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Indigo Liquid Watercolor
Indigo Liquid Watercolor
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Detail Black Embossing Powder
Detail Black Embossing Powder
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Nesting Oval Infinity Dies
Nesting Oval Infinity Dies
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Bubble Gum Mid-Tone Shadow Ink
Bubble Gum Mid-Tone Shadow Ink
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Classic Vellum Layering Paper
Classic Vellum Layering Paper
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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!

Friday, June 15, 2018

WINNERS!

I have some happy news to share - the winners of my giveaway during the kickoff of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge! I had two cling backgrounds to giveaway:


And the randomly drawn winners are:

Cheryl Rigney, who said "Fabulous coloring!! Here's another thing added to my "I need to try this" list." and MiamiKel, who said "Libby, your card is breath-taking! It's seriously amazing, and I keep staring at it to make sure I don't miss any details! I am inspired to give this another go (first one, well, we don't talk about that - LOL!) Thanks for the gorgeous inspirational piece and the chance at your giveaway!"

Winners, drop me an email at stampinlibby at gmail dot com and I'll get your goodies out to you!

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
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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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