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Monday, April 3, 2017

April My Monthly Hero - Release + Giveaway!

Hello and welcome! It's kit release day over at Hero Arts, yippee!! I'm blog hopping with a fabulous list of artists, introducing you to this month's kit and add-on products. You should have found me by way of my sweet friend Heather's blog - if you didn't, start back at the very beginning with Hero Arts!

I made several projects for the landing page over on the Hero Arts website, so I thought I'd share a closer look at those cards.


I love the cute little ballerina dress in the kit, so I stamped it repeatedly and watercolored it pink.


Next, this super fabulous silhouette. It's hard to see in the photo, but I went over her dress with Wink of Stella, so it shimmers. The gems compliment it well.


And finally, a fun little tag with the gorgeous ballet legs, again watercolored. I tied pearls at the top of the tag instead of ribbon or twine - those pearls come in the kit.


Here's a look at the April My Monthly Hero kit, isn't it sweet??

And I'm part of an amazing blog hop today! Please visit all of the links below, and leave comments as you go! Hero Arts is giving away a kit to one lucky commenter, drawn from the comments left on all of the blogs. You have until Sunday, April 9 at 11:59pm to get your comments in. Check the Hero Arts blog for the winner!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Wanda Guess
May Park
Yana Smakula
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Amy Tsuruta
Lydia Fiedler
Ilina Crouse
Heather Ruwe
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Michelle Short

Now head on over and see what the super sweet and talented Michelle Short is sharing with us today.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Blog Named Hero's 5th Anniversary Bash

Hello and welcome! Today I am blogging with my friends at A Blog Named Hero! They are celebrating *FIVE YEARS* of running their awesome challenge blog. You all know how much I love Hero Arts, so of course I love and appreciate the efforts of the amazing ladies over at A Blog Named Hero! You should have arrived here by way of Yana Smakula's blog - if you didn't, be sure to jump over to A Blog Named Hero to begin at the very beginning! And!! - today is Day 2 of their hop, so be sure to check out Day 1 if you haven't already!

For my card today, I used a couple of my very favorite Hero Arts stamps - Antique Rose Stem, and an oldie by goodie script lettering stamp (I don't even know what it was called, sorry!).


I stamped the flower in Intense Black ink, then colored with my Copics. I recently took a class from one of my coloring idols, Debbie Olson, all about coloring flowers, so I really took my time on this one and tried to focus on what she taught us. I am really bad about hurrying as I color - I have found since the class that if I take my time, and focus on one petal at a time, it really does make a difference! I'm certainly not perfect with my coloring, but I sure do enjoy it!


The script background was stamped right over top of the flower - I didn't mask it, but the lighter colored Soft Brown ink really just blended into my coloring. I added a few gold splatters, too. To embellish the card, I went super old school and dug into my stash - found some "photo hangers" I bought roughly 12 million years ago from Close To My Heart, and also dug out my grosgrain ribbon! I never use ribbon anymore, really, but I used to love it. I think I need it back in my life. And I love adding a bit of burlap with flowers!

**GIVEAWAY INFO FROM A BLOG NAMED HERO:
A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies!  Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day!  Giveaway prizes total more than $500!  To win, leave a comment on each hop stop.  We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning!  And be sure to visit the Saturday post from A Blog Named Hero for the list of Saturday hoppers and prizes!  Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th.

Today's prizes include the following: 
Good luck and happy hopping!!**

Now be sure to hop on over to my sweet friend Barb Engler's blog, who I'm sure has something fabulous to share with you.


Thanks for stopping by!
Libby

Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
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Hero Arts Antique Rose Stem
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Charity Bloghop!


Hello and welcome! Today I'm part of a wonderful hop that reminds you that you can support favorite charities and causes while giving gifts to people you care about. This hop was Sandy Allnock's fabulous idea, so visit her blog to start at the very beginning - especially if you didn't arrive here via Melissa's blog.

For my gift, I decided to support my friend Kelly Purkey's fundraiser in support of Planned Parenthood. I purchased nine sets of her fun Always Stronger Together flair pins, which I'll be sending to my besties.


To mail out with the flair, I also created a set of cards that coordinate with my theme.


I did a quick background wash with Daniel Smith Quinacridone Pink watercolor. This gorgeous pink is included on the Hero Arts dot palette - if you've been curious to try Daniel Smith paints without having to pay a small fortune, this is a great way to play!


The Heart Vine from Hero Arts was stamped in Bubble Gum ink. The message is one I found on Etsy - I love the fonts used! The cards were finished up with some clear sequins and a bit of splatter of silver shimmer spray.


Awesome companies are helping inspire you to hop along and leave comments on all the blogs - Altenew ($30), Lawn Fawn ($50), My Favorite Things ($25), and Ellen Hutson ($25)! Be sure to go say thanks to them on their social media for helping get the word out about giving…and leave comments by Wednesday March 22. Winners will be announced on Sandy’s blog on Thursday March 23, along with a total amount we’ve raised together!

Next stop on the hop is my amazingly talented friend May Flaum! I can't wait to see what she created.

I know some of you reading this won't particularly love this post, and that's ok. I am who I am and this is something important to me. When I purchased Kelly's flair, profits from the purchase were donated to Planned Parenthood. If Planned Parenthood loses funding, 2.5 million people a year would lose access to birth control, cancer screenings, STD tests and more. You may think only about one issue when you hear the words Planned Parenthood, but it's so much more, and so important to so many women. If you're interested in reading more about the impact defunding would have, and to clear up misconceptions about your tax money paying for abortions, visit this link. And click here to learn about ways you can support Planned Parenthood, in addition to purchasing Kelly's flair.

Thanks for stopping by,

Hero Arts Dot Palette
Hero Arts Dot Palette
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Hero Arts Heart Vine
Hero Arts Heart Vine
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Hero Arts Bubble Gum Ink
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Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
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Monday, March 6, 2017

March My Monthly Hero - Release + Giveaway!

It's My Monthly Hero release day at Hero Arts! You should have found me by way of my sweet friend Amy Tsuruta's blog. If not, head back to the Hero Arts blog to start at the beginning of today's blog hop!

So speaking of hopping.... this month's kit and add-ons have a theme very near and dear to my heart. BUNNIES!! And then they threw in gardening. Hello!! Two things I love. Yay!! My first project uses the main kit, and is one I made for the Hero Arts website.


I love the die included in the kit, perfect for "planting" your veggies. And both the bunnies and veggies are so much fun to color with Copics. The papers and burlap I used here are all included in the kit. And that raffia will be used to tie up your kit - be sure to save it and use it!


Next, I used an *adorable* new Paper Layering Rabbit die. If you're not familiar with Hero's paper layering dies - they are so much fun. You can either cut the image directly into your card layer (as I did here), or if they come with a frame, you can cut it out as a stand-alone piece to add to a project.


For today's card, I watercolored the sweet little bunny. The message is from the main kit.


Another optional add-on this month is a beautiful set of Fresh Herbs. Herbs happen to be one of my favorite things to grow in my own garden, so I am totally in love with this stamp set. I used the Fresh Foliage ink cube set, with perfect shades of green for herbs and veggies. And the tag is from the Tag Infinity Dies. The message is from the add-on stamp set Egg-cellent.


And one last card, in case you missed it. I shared this sweet little card on the Hero Arts blog last Thursday. I love coloring all of the sweet little images in the Welcome Home stamp set so much!!


Here's a look at the main March My Monthly Hero kit, isn't it adorable??


And I'm part of an amazing blog hop today! Please visit all of the links below, and leave comments as you go! Hero Arts is giving away a kit to one lucky commenter, drawn from the comments left on all of the blogs. You have until Sunday, March 12 at 11:59pm to get your comments in. Check the Hero Arts blog for the winner!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
May Park
Wanda Guess
Clare Prezzia
Debby Hughes
Michelle Short
Yana Smakula
Kathy Racoosin
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Kelly Latevola
Amy Tsuruta
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Julie Ebersole

Now be sure to hop on over to see what Julie Ebersole made. Because she is AMAZING. And one of my favorite people on the planet. The End. :-)

I think this kit will go quickly - so grab it while you can! And if you don't like having to worry about missing kits? Go ahead and subscribe!

Thanks for stopping by!

My Monthly Hero March 2017
My Monthly Hero March 2017
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Hero Arts Welcome Home
Hero Arts Welcome Home
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Hero Arts Welcome Home Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Welcome Home Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Paper Layering Rabbit with Frame
Hero Arts Paper Layering Rabbit with Frame
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Hero Arts Fresh Herbs
Hero Arts Fresh Herbs
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Hero Arts Egg-cellent!
Hero Arts Egg-cellent!
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Hero Arts Product and Seeds
Hero Arts Product and Seeds
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Hero Arts Basket of Apples
Hero Arts Basket of Apples
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Hero Arts You're a Fungi!
Hero Arts You're a Fungi!
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hero Arts 2017 Catalog Release Blog Hop

Hello and welcome! Today I'm hopping with Hero Arts as they launch there big, beautiful new catalog in their online store! You should have made your way here by way of my sweet friend Heather Ruwe. If not, you may want to head back to the Hero Arts blog to begin at the very beginning.

Today I'm sharing a few cards I made when we were working on the catalog. Being the francophile that I am, it was love at first site when I saw the Ooh La La stamp set! In fact, I think that's exactly what I said, "Ooooh la laaaaa!".


I had fun watercoloring these fun images. I just stamped with Intense Black, and then used my Watercolor Dot Palette to do some fun, loose watercoloring. The touch of gray on the shirt for a little shadow helps to bring it to life.


Isn't this little poodle THE SWEETEST? I love it. That's why I had to add hearts! I stamped off with the heart stamp, to soften the look and to tie in well with the watercoloring.


Next is a card using the fabulous new Paper Layering Koi Fish die.


I love the texture and dimension you can get with this die! I only pictured the frame above, but there is a second die for creating all of the partial cuts. I cut it directly into my base paper, I didn't actually use that frame to cut it out. So he looks like he's coming right out of the paper. I colored with my Copics, and added some lily pads from the beautiful Color Layering Water Lilies set.


Next is a project I had fun with, once the catalog craziness was finished. I had picked up this canvas at the craft store, that was already pre-printed with text. I added a wash of Daniel Smith watercolor to it to start.


After it was dry, I added a gold embossed and watercolored Large Hydrangea. This is one of my favorite stamps in the new catalog. It's a big, beautiful woodblock stamp. And it has matching frame cuts, so it's easy to add dimension by die cutting the layers of the flower and stacking them up!


I added the "GIRLS ARE STRONG" message from one of my favorite stamp sets, Dare to Dream. I both stamped them lightly in the background, and also stamped and cut out the message on white paper, and glued it on.


And now it's time to hop!!

We will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please ask hoppers to comment by Tuesday, February 21st at 11:59pm PT and we'll announce the winner the following week.

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Laura Bassen
Wanda Guess
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Yana Smakula
Kathy Racoosin
Debby Hughes
Kelly Purkey
Lydia Fiedler
May Park
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Heather Ruwe
Libby Hickson (you are here!)
Michelle Short
Jana Millen

So make sure and hop over to Michelle's fabulous blog next!!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hero Arts Ooh La La
Hero Arts Ooh La La
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Hero Arts Dot Palette
Hero Arts Dot Palette
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Hero Arts Paper Layering Koi Fish
Hero Arts Paper Layering Koi Fish
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Hero Arts Color Layering Water Lilies
Hero Arts Color Layering Water Lilies
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Hero Arts Large Hydrangea
Hero Arts Large Hydrangea
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Hero Arts Hydrangea Frame Cuts
Hero Arts Hydrangea Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Dare to Dream
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