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Friday, October 20, 2017

Jump Start the Holidays with Hero Arts! blog hop

Hello! Today I'm joining Hero Arts for another fabulous blog hop! We're sharing ideas to help get your fall and winter holiday cardmaking off to a great start. We are also joining Lea Lawson during her month-long Crafty Comeback Party. Have you visited Lea's blog? Whoa, she is super talented!! She's been doing lots of giveaways on her blog, so you'll want to check it out! You should have made your way to the hop by way of Tracy's blog. If you didn't, head back to the Hero Arts blog to start at the beginning!


For my card today, I played with one of my favorite stamp sets from the October monthly release. It's called Irreverent Elf Messages and it pretty much just cracks me up! I love the little elf emojis. And the sentiments are way too funny! I stamped the elves randomly on Snow layering paper, then colored with my Copics. For a little bit of something extra, I added white Nuvo drops to their hat brims and pompoms.

Now it's time to hop! Hero Arts will be giving away a $25 gift certificate, randomly chosen from all of the comments left at every stop along the blog hop. To enter, leave a comment on any of the blogs by Friday, November 10 at 11:59pst, and the winner will be announced on Lea Lawson's blog the on Sunday, November 12.

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Lea Lawson
Ilina Crouse
Jana Millen
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Lisa Stein
Coralynn Murray
Donna Idlet
Emily Midgett
Kelly Szafron
Kimberly Rendino
Melissa Chipperfield
Michelle Lupton
Swapna Patil
Tracy Freeman
Libby Hickson

I'm the end of the line on today's hop. Thanks for joining us!


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Monday, October 2, 2017

October My Monthly Hero - Release + Giveaway!

Note: I feel very weird about a happy release blog post on a day like today. But this was all planned weeks ago. My heart goes out to everyone impacted in Las Vegas, and my heart breaks for our nation as a whole.

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Today is launch day at Hero Arts! The October My Monthly Hero kit and add-ons are so much fun - they'll take you on an inky trip to the North Pole! I designed the projects for the landing page and slider over on the Hero Arts website, so I thought I'd share a closer look at them in my post today.


For this first card, I used the adorable little dog sled image and matching die from the kit. I also LOVE the background dies included in the kit for building scenes - a mountain range, a line of trees, and also a town (which I didn't use, yet!).

I did my coloring with Copic markers, and also added a little texture/interest to the background die cuts by blotting with some Copic Various Ink using a rag. The snowdrifts are easy to cut by hand.


There's a ton of cute little images in this large 6 x 8" stamp set, but one of my absolute favorites is this little gingerbread house that I used on the next card. Isn't it the cutest?


I stamped the house repeatedly on the background panel, and colored with my Copics. I didn't line them up perfectly, but I never care much about being perfect. But they are relatively easy to line up like this, using the slant of the roof to create a visual line as you're stamping. If that makes sense! I added some white dots with a gel pen. There's also a bit of glossy accents on the heart of the main die cut image, but it doesn't show in the photo.


For my final card, I combined more of the images with the Nesting Postage Stamps Infinity Dies. The red and white baker's twine from my stash goes well with the cute Christmas images.


It's a little difficult to see in the photos, but I stamped a bunch of the tiny snowflakes in the background using white Unicorn pigment ink.



These projects used only the stamps from the main kit, none of the fabulous add-ons, but I'll link all of the new products below. Here's a closer look at the entire kit:

And now, let's hop! Be sure to visit all of these blogs and leave comments - Hero Arts will be giving away one kit to a lucky commenter, selected from the comments left across all of the blogs in the hop. You have until Sunday, October 8 to get those comments in, and the winner will be announced at a later date on the Hero Arts blog.

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

I'm the last stop on the hop - now head on over to the store and grab your kit before they are gone! The kits will begin shipping on October 6. Don't want to ever miss a kit? Subscribe!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Hero Arts North Pole Sign Stamp & Cut
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Hero Arts Paper Layering Wooden Door
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September My Monthly Hero - Release + Giveaway!

Hello and welcome! It's another FABULOUS release day at Hero Arts! This month's kit? TOTALLY SWOON-WORTHY!! I'm sure you've seen a ton of it by this point in the hop, so I'm focusing on a couple of the awesome add-ons. But I'm getting ahead of myself a bit - you should have found me by way of my sweet friend Clare's fabulous blog. If not, head back to Hero Arts to begin at the very beginning!

I am madly and truly in love with a couple of the "extra" items being released today at Hero Arts. They make me daydream about Van Gogh paintings. Love!! I played with the gorgeous Paper Layering Sunflower dies, as well as the completely dreamy Starry Night Brushstroke Bold Prints.


I couldn't bring myself to cutting down the 6x6 background once I stamped it in VersaMark, white heat-embossed, and then watercolored using my dot palette. So, I decided to just leave it as a little piece to display in my craft room. Yes, I am hoarding this one for me, because I love it so! LOL! Just check out the dimension on those sunflowers! I actually die cut them, then trimmed around them to only have the main sunflower part for this project. The paper layering dies are great like that - so many ways to use them. I need to make another card with the sunflowers just coming right out of the card base!


Here's a look at the full background, before I covered it up with sunflowers. Isn't it fun? It doesn't have to be painted Van Gogh-style, though. I also painted one purple, and also another multi-colored. All look awesome! Look for those cards coming to the blog soon...!


And here's a look at the full kit. Those color layering sunflowers and pumpkins are just perfection!! I want to make some purple sunflowers and teal pumpkins, just because. It's on my to-do list!


And now, let's hop! Be sure to visit all of these blogs & leave comments - Hero Arts will be giving away one kit to a lucky commenter, selected from the comments left across all of the blogs in the hop. You have until Monday, September 11 to get those comments in, and the winner will be announced later on the Hero Arts blog.

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

Be sure to head on over to the store and get your kit asap - I have a hunch this one will be another quick sellout, despite the record number of kits assembled by Hero Arts. The kits will begin shipping on September 8. Don't want to ever miss a kit? Subscribe! And I'll link all of the new products below - I appreciate if you click to shop using my affiliate links. xoxo

Thanks for stopping by!

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Hero Arts Paper Layering Sunflower
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Hero Arts Vine Pattern Bold Prints
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hero Arts 2017 Wintertime Fun Catalog Blog Hop


Hey, foxy! That's right, I'm talking to you. I'm so glad your foxy self made it to my blog today. I'm hopping with Hero Arts, as the fabulous new Wintertime Fun Catalog products are released in the Hero Arts Store. You should have found me by way of May's wonderful blog - but if you didn't, hop back to the very beginning at the Hero Arts blog.

So why did I call you foxy? Well first, because you totally are! And also because this blog post is all foxes, all the time! There are several awesome new foxes in this release, and I couldn't resist playing with alllllll of them! First up - the adorable woodblock Fox Family.


This card was inspired by my friend Lydia Fiedler. She likes to do a technique she calls "stamp etching" - taking a pen and adding extra black lines to the image. She does some amazing, detailed work. I just did a little bit on these guys, and more of a doodle - but I love how it looks! The foxes were watercolored, and allowed to dry before I began doodling. Then I trimmed around them by hand, and put them on a card base which was also watercolored. The snowflakes are from Winter Silhouettes, and the message from Off-Beat Holiday Messages. I thought the black snowflakes went with the etchy/edgy look of my foxes!


Next up are the fabulous foxes from the Color Layering Cool Fox set. The first pair of cards were designed for a tradeshow class last month. I used a technique I learned from the one and only Jennifer McGuire - second generation stamp layering!


The first card was stamped "full strength", using the coordinating Ink & Emboss Fox pack. The ink colors in the pack are tangerine, caramel and black - perfect for a fox! The really cool thing is this idea to have Ink & Emboss packs for the color layering sets - this makes it super easy to add a bit of embossing to your project. In this case I used the white embossing powder in the pack to add little snowflakes to the background - but for some of the other new combos, you add the embossing right as the final layer of stamping - cool!


The card above also used a bunch of masking. I used masking paper with the postage stamp die to create a mask for the background, and also created a mask to go over the fox as I inked the background. With masks in place, I used the Sea Aquas ink cubes to create a gradient of color in the background.

While I stamped the layers in the above card, I immediately stamped them again on the cardstock for the card below - where the "second generation" comes in. I love the softer look you achieve by doing this. The black layers were stamped full strength to make them pop. The fox mask was used again on this card, and this time ink was added through the Pop Pattern stencil. I finished the card with a few sequins from the new Frost mix.


The other fox in the Color Layering Cool Fox set is this sweet little baby fox! Once I started stamping him, I couldn't stop. So I ended up with a Warhol-esque-pop-art-style baby fox card! The cute little "hi" bubble is from Holiday Cheer - I cut it out with the matching die.


I wanted to show in this post that it's really easy to use these products for more than just holiday cards. The previous two cards were examples, but this last card is even more so! There's absolutely nothing winter or holiday about it!


This time I used the beautiful Paper Layering Fox die. I cut her out with watercolor paper, and painted. For the background, I was inspired by Debby Hughes and her mad watercoloring skillz (she is so amazing!). I love how thoese watercolored circles look! The sweet little message is from Dress Up Stamp & Cut. Just a bit of glitter paper and a heart sticker to finish it off.



And now it's time to hop!! Hero Arts will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Be sure to get your comments posted by Wednesday, 8/30 at 11:59pm PT, and they'll announce the winner the following week on the Hero Arts blog. Commenting on every blog in the hop gives you more chances to win!

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

You've made it to the end of the line - mine is the final stop along the hop. Thanks so much for spending a little time with me today. Be sure to check out the entire release - there are so many amazing new goodies!! If you have any questions about anything you've seen in the hop, please ask in the comments or shoot me an email (find the email icon under my photo on the sidebar) - I'm happy to help you!

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