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Friday, October 31, 2014


Hi everyone! I'm on the Hero Arts blog today, sharing a card made with a new set full of characters from The Nutcracker. I love it!!

I have a thing for nutcrackers. I snapped this photo just yesterday at my garden store. I love when nutcrackers hit the shelves. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! On Halloween. Hmm.

A photo posted by Libby (@stampinlibby) on


Thanks for stopping by, and go say hi to me over on the Hero Arts blog!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I'm on Paper Crafter's Library!

I am so very excited, I am the featured artist on Paper Crafter's Library today!! I am so incredibly honored and excited to be there!

Head on over there to see the full card, featuring one of my favorite Hero Arts stamps.


Monday, October 27, 2014

With enough coffee...

So... wayyyy back on September 29, a bunch of my fellow crafty-types celebrated National Coffee Day with an awesome Coffee Lover's Bloghop. I *loved* the idea! I *love* coffee! I said to myself "woohoo I'm totally going to participate!!". I started an art journal page to celebrate my love of coffee. And then.... I didn't finish it until the weekend after the hop! Annnnnd now, here I am, actually blogging it nearly a MONTH after the hop. And yes, my friends, THIS is why I will never ever be a blogging superstar. *sigh* But at least I really really love what I made! :-D

I decided to use these pages below, that I had started ages ago. When I use a stencil, I often put it into random pages in my journal to remove whatever's left on it - in this case, gesso from this tutorial I did for Hero Arts. I later went and added some distress ink, and there it sat.

I chose a Hero Arts shape from the Silhouette store as my main-coffee-focal-point. I also love the coffee ring from Texture and Shape, and the word "coffee" from Need Caffeine. (That's aptly named, since I usually *do* NEED CAFFEINE!)

I used all kinds of goodies to layer on the texture to this page. I love the Wendy Vecchi metallic gold embossing paste!! The fun Mosaic Swirl stencil is from Dina Wakley. And oh my goodness, the glitter I found at my LSS!!! YOU GUYS!! It's so awesome. It's called Gold Lux Mix and it's a mixture of glitter and mica. It's so awesome!

I cut on the blue letters with my Silhouette, and the brown stickers are Thickers. I also added detail to the cup and some random dots with some awesome Faber-Castell gold pens.

When my page catches the light, oh my goodness the shimmer! I wish you could see it IRL. It makes me happy. Just like coffee.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, September 29, 2014

Handmade for Christmas

Hi everyone! Today I'm joining my Hero Arts friends for a blog hop featuring goodies from the Handmade for Christmas catalog. You should have arrived here by way of the sweet and talented Lucy Abrams. If you didn't, head on back to the Hero Arts blog to start from the very beginning.

For my card today, I decided to use one of my very favorite sets from the new catalog, Family and Friends.

I really have a thing for bottle brush trees, so this set was love at first sight for me! They are so much fun. Today I was inspired by this cool photo to create an entire little "forest" of them.

I worked on watercolor paper, and got out my paintbrush and water bottle while playing with colors inspired by the photo - Navy, Tide Pool, Forever Green and Neon Blue inks.

I love the little circles included in the set. They could be used as ornaments, but I added them randomly to the sky, to add a whimsical, bokeh-like look.

And now the fun part of the hop! Hero Arts will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE that includes an assortment of stamps, inks, stencils and dies valued at over $75. Two $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift cards will also be awarded. The three prize winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers' blogs, so the more comments left along the hop, the better their odds of winning! The giveaways will close at 11:59pm PST on Thursday, Oct 2, with the winners announced on the Hero Arts blog on Friday, Oct 3.

To continue with the hop, please head over to Yana Smakula's blog!

Hero Arts
Lisa Spangler
Kelly Rasmussen
Donna Mikasa
Tami Hartley
Cheiron Brandon
Jennifer McGuire
Mariana Grigsby
Lucy Abrams
Libby Hickson --- that's me!
Yana Smakula
Wida Miller

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Funky Trees

Here's a quick and simple card using the Texana Designs Jam'n Tree Outline stamp.

I stamped the tree on three different papers from a Carta Bella Christmas pad (I got mine at i {heart} papers), and cut them out. The design is simple but the funky trees make me happy. The "snow" are little white pompoms. They were harder to photograph than I thought they'd be and look really contrasting in the photo. Ah well, such is the quality of photographs on my blog! At least I stamped. Yay!

Stamps: Texana Designs (Jam'n Tree Outline)
Paper: MFT (Kraft), Neenah (Solar White), Carta Bella ("so this is Christmas" 6x6 pad)
Ink: Hero Arts (black)
Other: White mini pompoms, scallop edge die, hemp twine

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Always remember...

I know I most certainly will.

I used the Hero Arts Big Star and coordinating Stylish Stars dies for this card. To give the star some dimension, I cut out five stars and glued them all together.

I played along with the Retrosketches challenge for this one.

Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Hero Arts (K5931 Big Star, CL730 Anything Can Happen)
Paper: Hero Arts (Snow, Azure)
Ink: Hero Arts (Red Royal, Navy)
Other: DCWV burlap stack, twine

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Here's a card that was going to be many different things, before becoming what I'm sharing here today. Does that ever happen to you? I stamped and die cut some butterflies, then played and tinkered and sighed in frustration. And then finally I made this:

Not really what I thought it would be, but I like it. I wanted to play with my Hero Arts Butterfly set. I know I've been in polka dot mode for YEARS now, but what can I say, I still love them!! So I loooove that this set has a polka-dotted butterfly. And a coordinating set of dies, too? Awesome! My wise friend Leslie had the smart idea to put a vellum die cut on top of my polka dots. I love the dimension!

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Elegant Trees

Hello! It's Texas Tuesday, my favorite day of the week to share cards created with my beloved Texana Designs stamps! Although this one doesn't really have a Texas flair...

This card features one of the new Texana Designs stamps for the holidays - a solid tree. I really love how elegant this simple little tree looks when you pair it with gold embossing powder and a script background. Texana also has an outline tree, which could be combined with the solid image or used on it's own. Christmas Words Background is the perfect compliment to my gold trees.

Tip: No twine to match your project? Color your own. I colored some hemp twine with a blue Copic to match my blue paper.

I'll be back soon with more of the Texana Designs holiday goodies - including some images that will make ya holler YEEHAW!

(In all my years living in Texas - I'm the only person I actually heard say "yeehaw". I thought you should know.)


Stamps: Texana Designs (JC02 Tree-Sol, TD172 Christmas Words Background)
Paper: Neenah (Solar White), MFT (Blu Raspberry)
Ink: Hero Arts (Red Royal), Versamark, blue Copic marker
Other: Victorian Gold embossing powder (source unknown), Enchanted Gold embossing powder (Ranger), hemp twine (Hemptique)

Monday, September 8, 2014

You Make Me Smile Big!

Lookie lookie!! I stamped!! I made my last Tour de Craft card in July and then the kids started back to school (we start EARLY here in Georgia - August 4!) and life got busy and my stamp room was neglected once again. Until last week! My friend Leslie aka The Crooked Stamper came for a visit, and we barely left my stamp room! It was wonderful. And I even made some stuff!!

That's right, stamping, YOU make me smile big! ;-) That "you" die and the coordinating stamp was from some goodies Leslie brought along on her visit.

I had fun playing along with a couple challenges for this card. First, the colors. They are the latest Color Throwdown! I used to play this color challenge all the time (you know, back when I was an upstanding citizen of Blogland... way back then...) and just like back in the day, I once again enjoyed playing along immensely.

The sketch is from Retrosketches - but being the goof that I am, I totally didn't catch the deadline for posting this one. Ah well. It was a super fun sketch for using up some of my ridiculously massive stash of washi tape!

I even dipped into my old embellishment stash and used some Freckled Fawn resin stars I'd been hoarding for a while. Nice!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Au Revoir

Well, the sun has set on another Tour de France. Le sigh. It's always my saddest day of the summer.

I made my little Paris at night scene using a piece I had watercolored quite a while ago and never used! I thought the purples and grays would make a nice evening sky. The stars were added in silver ink from the Hero Arts Shoot for the Moon set. And the Paris skyline is a cut file from the Silhouette store!

I had a ton of fun creating all of these TdF-inspired cards this month, and I hope you had fun tuning in to see them. You can find all of the bike-inspired cards I've made over the years on my Pinterest board!

Now the big question - will I keep stamping regularly now that the Tour is over? Tune in and find out. ;-)


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