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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Inspired by Michelle Lupton

Today I'm honored to be sharing a pair of cards inspired by my extremely talented friend, Michelle Lupton!


Michelle does this fun card series every fall, where she invites friends to "case" one of her cards - be inspired to create a card based on one of her designs - and she in turn does the same. I'm honored that she invited me! I don't create many cards, so it's much more difficult for her to find something of mine to be inspired by. Michelle, on the other hand, is a huge resource of constant inspiration!! I chose THIS CARD to inspire my cards today.


Michelle had a die cut element as the main focal point on her card - I used the Hero Arts Floral Holiday Tree Fancy Die as mine. I also was inspired by how Michelle inked up the bottom half of the card, and added a script background stamp. I did similar for my first card.


My tree die cut is painted with Gold Glimmer Metallic Ink, which is so bright and gorgeous! I ink blended Pool Party Reactive Ink on the masked-off bottom portion of my card, then stamped Script Bold Prints in the same ink for a tone on tone look. I splattered more of the gold ink, and created a little message banner with a simple "Merry Christmas" from Floral Nativity.


My second card is similar but different, but still inspired by Michelle's card.


This time when I die cut, I was careful to leave all of the pieces intact in the die cut. I ink blended the tree with Green Apple Reactive Ink, and added more of the Pool Party at the bottom. This time I splattered the Pewter Glimmer Metallic Ink (which comes in a 2-pack with the Gold), and also added Sparkle Clear Lacquer Pen on all of the tree pieces. The message is a woodblock this time - Handwritten Merry Christmas. I matted my inked panel on white glitter paper, and added a little silver cording bow to finish the card.


Now be sure to head to Michelle's blog to see what she created, inspired by one of my cards! And huge thanks again to Michelle for inviting me!

Happy Stamping,

Monday, October 4, 2021

October 2021 My Monthly Hero Release

Today is release day at Hero Arts, and this month's kit is so beautiful! It was inspired by the theme of "Victorian Christmas". I love the classic feel to everything in this release!





There's a fabulous blog hop today, please visit all of these artists for inspiration:


And visit on Instagram:
Kailash Naidoo

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

September 2021 My Monthly Hero Release Blog Hop

Hello everyone! It's release day at Hero Arts. The September kit is absolutely gorgeous, with layering stencils for a big, bold bunch of sunflowers. Definitely check it out! But for my post today, I'm using one of the sentiment sets included in this release - Autumn Messages. I combined it with some great die sets from the Holiday Catalog - Hero Lifestyle Trick or Treat, and Halloween Icons Dies.


The stamp set includes several great messages for fall - from Halloween to Thanksgiving. Here's a look at Autumn Messages:


For my first card, I paired "Have a FANG-tastic Night" with the cute little vampire from the Trick or Treat set. I started with the Hero Lifestyle Forms, and added eyebrows from Hero Lifestyle Faces. I colored the pieces of the vampire's outfit with my Copics.


The background is Etched Winter Swirls Bold Prints - stamped and watercolored in the background, then just stamped in gray on the front.


For the next card, I paired the witch from Trick or Treat with the "Hey GHOUL friend" message.


The background is the inner part of the same panel I watercolored on the vampire card. I cut it with the Rounded Rectangle Infinity Dies, then used both parts.


The other pieces, including the bats on the vampire card, are all from the Halloween Icons Dies set.

Now it's time to hop! Visit and comment on as many of these blogs as you can, Hero Arts is giving away a $50 shopping spree to one winner. Comment by Sunday, September 12th to be in the running.


Thanks for stopping by,


Here's a look at the products used. I do not use affliate links. If you'd like to support a stamper in the hop, consider click over to Hero Arts from one of their blogs.
CM569 Autumn Messages
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CG853 Etched Winter Swirls Bold...
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DI923 Halloween Icons Dies (D) - Hero...
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DI924 Hero Lifestyle Trick or Treat...
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DI841 Hero Lifestyle Forms Fancy...
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CM500 Hero Lifestyle Faces - Hero Arts
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DI465 Rounded Rectangle Infinity Dies
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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Hero Arts 2021 Holiday Catalog Release + Blog Hop!


Hello friends! Today I am hopping with Hero Arts to introduce their 2021 Holiday Catalog collection! The release is packed full of wonderful new products! For my projects today, I was working with some fun new stencils and my Marabu art crayons.


For this first project, I worked with the Nativity Stencil. I love the design in the sky! I was using gray mixed media paper as my base, and colored right through the stencil with the art crayons,


The color was blended using my paintbrush and some water. The art crayons are very water soluble and move nicely. 


Some of the details were added freehand, like these wisemen. Through the stencil they would be left the color of the background paper, so I just drew them in. In general the stencil was used as more of a general guide, with additional details added with the art crayons.


Next I played with the Mountain Scene Stencil


Much like with the Nativity Stencil, the stencil here was used a a guide, adding the Marabu art crayons and blending with the paintbrush. The combo of these amazing stencils and the art crayons was really fun to work with! 


Now it's time to hop! Hero Arts will give away THREE $50 gift cards, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, August 29th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

Hero Arts
Channin Pelletier
Dana Joy
Daniel West
Debi Adams
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Libby Hickson
Lydia Fiedler
Maria Willis
Michelle Short
Mindy Eggen
Pocono Pam
Seeka
Special Guests:
Nichol Spohr
Jennifer Kotas
Meg Brooks
Rebecca Keppel

Are you a fan of trying new mixed media techniques? I'd love to hear about it - tell me about your favorites in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by,



Monday, June 7, 2021

June 2021 My Monthly Hero Release + Blog Hop!

It's My Monthly Hero launch day at Hero Arts! This month's kit is so much fun - it's full of party animals, whooping it up to celebrate birthdays. I adore these cutie patootie cats and dogs! I played with one of the kitties for my card.

I created a slimline card by cutting my panel to 8.25"x3.25", which I then mounted on a card base created by folding an 8.5"x7.5" piece of cardstock in half. To create my little "scene" windows, I used the Alignment Tool Slimline Stencil to ink blend both Splash and Blue Hawaii Reactive Inks, then I placed my Clouds & Grass Scenic Stencil down with the alignment stencil still in place, and ink blended on some Unicorn pigment ink.

The cat and balloons from the kit were colored with Copic markets, wtih a bit of white gel pen added for accent. Everything was popped up, I used allllll the foam tape!


Here's a look at the sweet June kit!



Here are the wonderful artists joining today. Leave as many comments along the hop as you have time for - the more comments you leave, the more chances to win a $50 gift card to the Hero Arts shop!

Hero Arts
Channin Pelletier
Dana Joy
Daniel West
Debi Adams
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Libby Hickson
Lydia Fiedler
Maria Willis
Michelle Short
Mindy Eggen
Pocono Pam
Seeka
Special Guests:
Jennifer Kotas
Meg Brooks
Nichol Spohr
Rebecca Keppel

I'll be on the Hero Arts Facebook page for lives twice tomorrow (Tuesday June 8th) - at 11am eastern for the New Release Spotlight, and again at 3pm eastern for my Live with Libby. I hope to see you there!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Hero Arts Summer 2021 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!


Hello and welcome! Today I'm excited to be hopping with the Hero Arts crew to introduce the new Summer 2021 Release! There are tons of fun new products in this release. I had a hard time deciding which products to use, so I used a bunch!

For this first card, I began by ink blending a background of Splash and Purple Galaxy Reactive Inks using the awesome Alignment Tool Slimline Stencil. It was designed to use with Looking Glass Dies, but I think it's completely useful for creating little "vignettes" on my cards!


Once I had my background inked up, I stamped some whales with the Color Layering Orca set. The little background fish, and the message, are from that set as well.


For an extra fun touch, I added a little Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen on the orcas! It gives them both shine and added dimension.


For my next card, I used that same Alignment Tool Stencil, but this time with the Looking Glass Dies. I started with a little ink blending through the stencil with Pool Party Reactive Ink. Then I used the stencil as an alignment tool to line up where I wanted to die cuts to be.


I used elements from Looking Glass Day or NightLooking Glass Rain & Clouds and Looking Glass Canyon Lands. I created the little frames around them with the Square Infinity Dies. They pair well with the Looking Glass Dies!


My adorable little grill master is Hero Lifestyle BBQ. I die cut everything from white cardstock, then colored the pieces with my Copics. I also used Hero Lifestyle Forms and Hero Lifestyle Faces. The "you're invited" is from a great new Stamp & Cut set - Message Strips Stamp & Cut XL.


I love this next paper doll set!! It's called Hero Lifestyle RBG. How fun is that??


I ink blended on a background square using the Alignment Tool A2/A6 Stencil with Taffy and Creamsicle Reactive Inks. The message is the Women Belong woodblock.

And one more card for good measure... this one is an ink blended background created with the Art Deco Arches Stencil. I used Taffy and Lemon Drop Reactive Inks.



The message is again from Message Strips Stamp & Cut XL and I finished it off with some Enamel Dots.


I had tons of fun with this release - now let's see how much fun the rest of the team had! As you hop, I encourage you to leave comments. Hero Arts is giving away THREE $50 gift cards drawn from comments left along the hop. Here's the hop list:


Special Guests: 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Here's a look at the products used. I do not use affliate links. If you'd like to support a stamper in the hop, consider click over to Hero Arts from one of their blogs.
CM536 Color Layering Orca
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DI890 Color Layering Orca Frame Cuts (B)
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SB280 Color Layering Orca Combo
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DC286 Message Strips Stamp & Cut XL
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DI884 Looking Glass Canyon Lands (E)
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DI886 Looking Glass Day or Night (E)
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DI887 Looking Glass Rain & Clouds (E)
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HT206 Alignment Tool A2 & A6 Stencil...
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HT207 Alignment Tool Slimline Stencil...
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DI888 Hero Lifestyle BBQ (D)
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DI889 Hero Lifestyle RBG (D)
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DI841 Hero Lifestyle Forms Fancy...
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CM500 Hero Lifestyle Faces - Hero Arts
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SA165 Art Deco Arches Stencil
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H6455 Women Belong - Hero Arts
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DI713 Square Infinity Dies (H) - Hero...
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AF420 Taffy Reactive Ink - Hero Arts
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AF422 Creamsicle Reactive Ink - Hero...
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AF423 Lemon Drop Reactive Ink - Hero...
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AF426 Pool Party Reactive Ink - Hero...
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AF428 Splash Reactive Ink - Hero Arts
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AF432 Grape Slush Reactive Ink - Hero...
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CH328 Sunset Hero Hues Enamel Dots -...
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NK350 Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen -...
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