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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Case me a Christmas Card!


Hi everyone! I'm honored to be here sharing a card for Michelle Lupton's "Case me a Christmas Card" series! This fall, Michelle is CASE'ing cards from various artists, and in turn that artist CASE-es one of Michelle's. From Michelle: "CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything - but it's not about just copying a card. It's about getting inspiration from cardmaking friends, but making a new card that is our own. And, of course, the card we each make has to be a Christmas card!"

I was inspired by this sweet card from Michelle, which I found in her awesome Instagram feed, and which she originally shared on the A Blog Named Hero Facebook page. Michelle makes and shares so many amazing creations. How I managed to use one that wasn't actually on her blog, well - I'm a dope, that's all I can say. :)

I love how Michelle is so good at clean & simple designs. I'm... not. But, I gave it a whirl!


The biggest inspiration from Michelle's card was the ink blended background square. I die cut a square from masking paper, then ink blended on some Splash Reactive Ink. I considered making my card a true one layer card, with masking of the main image, but in the end that was just too much work. LOL! Plus, I do like some dimension on my cards. So, I stamped, die cut and colored the images from Hero Arts Stocking Bouquet separately, then arranged them with a combination of Precision Glue and foam tape. I added just a bit of Stardust Stickles in the flower centers.


So, my card is not quite the one layer, clean and simple masterpiece that Michelle did on her card, but I love how it turned out nonetheless.

Now head on over and see what Michelle created, inspired by one of my cards! And Michelle, thanks so much for having me today!

Click on products to shop:
DI713 Square Infinity Dies (H) - Hero...
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CM465 Stocking Bouquet - Hero Arts
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DI798 Stocking Bouquet Frame Cuts (D)...
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GW101 Precision Glue - Hero Arts
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AF428 Splash Reactive Ink - Hero Arts
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AF345 Intense Black - Hero Arts
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AF343 Moss Bold Ink - Hero Arts
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Monday, October 5, 2020

October 2020 My Monthly Hero Release!

It's release day for the October My Monthly Hero kit and add-ons. I love everything this month!! It's inspired by Nordic folk art. LOVE!! 


For today's project, I made some ornament tags using the main kit. The stamps in the kit are solid images, so I used one of my favorite techniques. I stamped in Unicorn pigment ink on Sand cardstock, then colored with my colored pencils! I love how this turns out.


Just be sure the Unicorn ink is dry before you begin coloring. Once I had my scenes built, I assembled the ornaments, paper-piecing the toppers. I finished them off with a little twine. I think these would make adorable gift tags!



Here's a look at the full kit from today's release!


And the fabulous add-ons:



I'm part of a fun blog hop, sharing inspiration for using the kit and add-ons. Be sure to visit all the artists in the hop - Hero Arts is giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky person who comments somewhere along the hop!

Hero Arts
Channin Pelletier
Dana Joy
Daniel West
Debi Adams
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Lydia Fiedler
Maria Willis
Michelle Short
Mindy Eggen
Pocono Pam
Seeka
Amy Kolling
Jennifer McGuire
Julee Tilman
Laurie Willison
Mariana Grigsby
Nichol Spohr

Reminder, when the kit is sold out, it is gone forever!! Make sure and grab one while you can. They will begin shipping at the end of this week.

Thanks for stopping by,

These are not affiliate links - if you'd like to support an artist by purchasing with affiliate links, please click over to another artist in the hop! xoxo
My Monthly Hero OCTOBER 2020
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Get Them All October Add-ons
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CM483 Christmas Folks
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DI824 Christmas Folks Frame Cuts (D)
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CM484 Dala Horse
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DI825 Dala Horse Frame Cuts (D)
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CM485 Floral Nativity
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DI826 Floral Nativity Frame Cuts (D)
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CG823 Holiday Graphic Pattern Bold...
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DI820 Northern Winter Cover Plate (F)
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DI822 Crowned Swan Fancy Die (D)
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DI823 Floral Holiday Tree Fancy Die (C)
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DI821 5-Point Stars Infinity Dies (H)
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DI819 October Word Fancy Die (C)
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HK100 Hero Kids® Monster Kit - Hero Arts
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Monday, September 21, 2020

Introducing the HeroKids Monster Kit + Giveaway!


Hi everyone! Something rather exciting is happening over at Hero Arts today! They are launching their very first crafting kit geared specifically toward kids! The theme of the kit is monsters, and it is so much fun!
My kids are a bit beyond the target age range for this kit, so I shared the products with my neighbors across the street. Elizabeth and Caroline had so much fun coloring their monster scenes! I didn't have the markers that normally will come in the kit, so they played with some from their own art stash.


They loved that you could stamp little monsters to add to the pre-printed scenes in the kit!



Here's Elizabeth hard at work with her coloring...



And here she is with her finished masterpiece!


She especially loved that you could add random googly eyes to the scene.


We hope you and your kids have as much fun with this kit as Elizabeth and Caroline did!


There are three fabulous add-ons to this kit as well! I'll be back soon with more projects. I'll link everything below so you can check out all the monster goodness!

Several friends (and kiddos!) have created projects for today's launch. Be sure to check out their creations! Hero Arts will give away one $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, September 27th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

Hero Arts & team:
Hero Arts
Maria Willis
Daniel West
Dana Joy
Ilina Crouse
Pocono Pam
Mindy Eggen
Lydia Fiedler
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Channin Pelletier

With special guests:
Heather & Aiden Ruwe
Tenia Nelson

And extremely special guest:
Theo!!

Thanks for stopping by,

These are not affiliate links - if you'd like to support an artist by purchasing with affiliate links, please click over from another artist in the hop! xoxo
HK100 HeroKids Monster Kit
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CG824 Monster Bedroom Bold Prints
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CM486 Party Monsters
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CM487 Bedroom Monsters
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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

September 2020 My Monthly Hero Release!

It's Hero Arts monthly release day! The entire release this month is fantastic - the main kit is a pumpkin patch HeroScape!! How fun is that?? I'll link all of the new products at the bottom of this so you can check them out! But for my card today, I got out my Liquid Watercolors and had some fun with the beautiful new Autumn Bouquet Fancy Dies.


I die cut the entire set of dies twice from watercolor paper, and then just played with some loose watercoloring within the shapes. It's kind of messy, but to be honest that's how I like it.


Once the flowers, leaves and stems were all painted and dried, I began arranging them on an oval I die cut from Woodgrain cardstock. The oval is mounted on Mustard cardstock. And the message is from the 3x4 stamp set that comes in the main kit - I used Brass embossing powder on vellum.


Now it's time to hop! Be sure to leave as many comments across the hop as you can - one winner will be selected from all the comments to receive a $50 shopping spree!


Join me tomorrow (September 9th) at 11:00am EST on the Hero Arts Facebook page for a live overview of this release!




Happy Stamping!

Just an fyi, I don't get affiliate commission these days - the links are just here to make it easier for you to see what is new. If you want to support an artist, click to shop from one of the other blogs in this hop.
My Monthly Hero Kit September 2020
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CM478 Graveyard HeroScape
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DI812 Graveyard HeroScape Frame Cuts (C)
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CM479 Color Layering Moonlit Night
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CM480 Happy Autumn Forest
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DI816 Happy Autumn Forest Frame Cuts (B)
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CM477 Wheelbarrow Friends
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DI813 Wheelbarrow Friends Frame Cuts (C)
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CG820 Pumpkin Patch Bold Prints
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CG821 Crows and Autumn Leaves Bold...
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CG822 Spider Web Bold Prints
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DI810 Autumn Bouquet Fancy Dies (D)
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DI814 Jack O' Lantern Fancy Dies (B)
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DI815 Pumpkin Window Die (B)
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DI811 September Word Fancy Die (C)
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