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Monday, November 16, 2015

Hero Arts + A Blog Named Hero Blog Hop

Hello and welcome! Today I'm hopping along with the team from A Blog Named Hero, as well as the Hero Arts creative team, to share a little Hero Arts holiday love! You should have arrived here by way of Linda Trace. If not, hop over to the Hero Arts blog and join us from the very beginning!

I was feeling a little creative block when I sat down to create a project for this hop, so I pulled out my art journal. It's my favorite way to get my creative juices flowing. I am also still heartbroken over Friday's events in Paris. If you've visited my blog in July the past few years, you know what an absolute francophile I am. So the fact that it happened in my dear Paris makes my heart hurt even more. So, I expressed it in watercolors...

I pulled out my QoR watercolors to create a base of watercolored background - after first treating my paper with Watercolor Ground, since I do not have watercolor paper in my art journal. I have to say - this was my first time using the QoR watercolors. Oh my WOW - it is so different and wonderful to actually use high quality paint. I admit what I usually play with it not nearly so nice. :)

I layered a bunch of different products to create my background. I added Snowflakes by Lia in both Soft Sky and Unicorn White inks. The woodblock stamp Peace is also stamped in Soft Sky. And there are few hearts from Build a Wreath by Lia stamped in Stone Wash floating around in the sky.

The bottom of the pages were stamped with Color Layering Fall Trees. I was inspired by this gorgeous card on the Hero Arts blog, created by sweet Clare Prezzia. I just love these trees in blue! I used the same Soft Sky and Stone Wash as above, and used the gray from Kelly's Urban Inks for the trunks.

The Eiffel Tower is a Hero Arts cut file found in the Silhouette Store, which I cut out on gray paper and coated with the absolutely fabulous Bo Bunny Glitter Paste. I used silver here, but I also have it in "sugar" - I am loving this stuff!! I used my fingertip to spread it around the edges of my pages as well. Finally, I added some stickers from my stash for the "may there be peace" message.

Alrighty, it's time to keep hopping! From here, please head over and visit my friend Lisa Stein! And be sure to add comments to every blog you visit, as Hero Arts is giving away three of the November My Monthly Hero kits to three lucky commenters, pulled from all of the comments across this entire hop!

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, November 6, 2015

Succulents Geo Bowl on Hero Arts blog!

I shared this sweet little bowl of succulents on the Hero Arts blog yesterday. Isn't it the cutest?

The pattern for creating this bowl is a little bonus on the backer card that comes in the November My Monthly Hero kit. How fun is that?

Head over the Hero Arts blog for more details. :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Glass Terrarium

I'm back to share another creation using this month's My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts. I am so in love with this kit!! Today I wanted to use the stamps to look like a glass terrarium bulb. But of course I used acetate for my card version!

I did all the stamping - including a bit of masking - on the front side of the acetate with Archival ink. Then I colored on the backside with Copic markers. I did opposite sides because Archival ink and Copics don't like to play nice together.

Please pardon my ugly claw hand, but I wanted to show you how the bulb is "hanging" in the little sunken portion of my card (created with a circle die and foam tape).

Have you purchased your November My Monthly Hero kit yet?? If not I highly recommend you get yourself over there immediately and get one!! I can assure you they will be sold out before the month is over. GET ONE NOW!


Monday, November 2, 2015

Succulent Wishes

Hi everyone! Yippee, it's the first Monday of the month!!! This means Hero Arts has a new My Monthly Hero kit launching today! This time it was created in collaboration with the very sweet and talented Kathy Racoosin! Have you seen this woman color? She is AMAZING. I spend a large chunk of my time working on these kits, and it's been a pleasure to work with Kathy on this one. And oh my word the kit is so much FUN!! I absolutely love succulents, but I kill them when I try to grow them myself. So I'm thrilled to be able to stick to paper and ink with these. For today's card, I planted my paper succulents in a coffee mug!

The coffee mug was cut on my Silhouette. I just did a bit of editing to remove the cut design on the mug. Instead I used one of the wee stamps from the kit to add a little pattern to the mug.

There are several fabulous friends sharing today, visit them all for kit inspiration!

Hero Arts
Kathy Racoosin
Sandy Allnock
Lydia Fiedler
Amy Tsuruta
Jayne Nelson

And if you'd like to grab a kit for yourself, I highly recommend you head over to the Hero Arts website immediately, as I think they may go quickly.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Purple Poinsettias

I said I needed to make a purple poinsettia card. And tonight I did it! The card is much prettier in person - late night photos don't work out so well for me. But I couldn't resist posting it anyway!

I used the Color Layering Poinsettias and matching dies from the October My Monthly Hero kit. I love me some layered poinsettias! The top layer is silver, which looks really shimmery and cool in real life. And the centers are covered in Stickles. I also pulled out vellum and my sewing machine. This card is all about using my oldie but goodie favorites!

I wanted to add ribbon or twine to the card, but had nothing in a correct color. Problem solved! I just colored regular twine with a Copic marker.

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, October 9, 2015

Hero Arts + Clearly Kelly Planner Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Clearly Kelly Planner Blog Hop! Today the new line of planner stamps from Hero Arts + Kelly Purkey hits the Hero Arts store, so we're hopping to celebrate! You should have come here by way of Amy Tsuruta's blog, but if not, head back to the Hero Arts blog to start at the very beginning.

I absolutely LOVE these new planner stamps! I'm a big fan of pretty much everything Kelly designs, I love her fun style. Below is a little look at this week in my planner. I'm not a clean and simple planner kind of gal. I love lots of color and basically lots going on. It just makes me happy!

I don't always re-do & decorate the date area, but the little banner from Kelly's Planner Banners are so cute, I couldn't resist. I started with a strip of washi tape, and then added the days of the week from Kelly's Best Day Ever using the inks from Kelly's Coffee and Donuts Inks. I love the yummy colors of inks in her new cubes! Do you remember when I made the coffee planner stickers? They included stamps from Kelly's Coffee and Donuts. I used one of those this week, too! Friday is my Starbucks day, so I'll be getting some coffee before hopping along today. I love the "but first, coffee" stamp from Kelly's Food Planner, it makes me smile. :)

There's a ton of fun stamps for planning things at home, too. I use the Erin Condren planner, and I usually use the bottom third of the page for all of my things around home, kids schedules, etc. There are Clearly Kelly stamps for school activities, housework, meal planning - so many useful things in my planning world! :-)

This week started off with the launch of the My Monthly Hero kit at Hero Arts. Which was absolute madness. So I stamped one of those gorgeous poinsettias right in my planner, using very unusual ink colors. :-) (PS the kits are still available through Sunday!! The poinsettias are so pretty!!)

I also used an older set from Kelly Purkey - the Kelly's Outline Letters. I use this set all the time, they are such perfect letters for so many things (planner, scrapbook, cards...).

You can find the complete collection of products on the Kelly Purkey landing page or in the Hero Arts store.

I was the final stop on this blog hop, but here's the list of artist joining today, in case you want to hop back and check any of them out!

Kelly Purkey
Lisa Spangler
Nicole Reaves
Krista Wells
Suzanne Dahlberg
Barbara Picinich
Amy Tsuruta
Libby Hickson

And Hero Arts is giving away a selection of Clearly Kelly planner products to one randomly chosen commenter from all of the blog hop comments received by 11:59pm PST on Monday, October 12th. Check back on the Hero Arts blog on Wednesday, October 14th to find out if you're the winner!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Starbucks Cup Mania!

Have you been following Kathy Racoosin's fabulous Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge? It's her third time hosting a month-long coloring challenge, and she does an amazing job of inspiring the stamping masses. Exhibit A - her October 1 post. She showed how you could turn a fall Starbucks cup into a beautiful card background!!! Needless to say there was a mad rush of stampers heading to Starbucks to get themselves a cup! I tried two different Starbucks myself with no luck, but THANKFULLY my wonderful neighbor across the street still had one in her minivan that I could have. Thank goodness!! How could I have gone another minute without trying this cool technique??? :-) I was so mesmerized by Kathy's card, I did my background almost identical to hers. Hopefully she knows imitation is the sincerest form of flattery....

In the center of my card, I added this adorable Sleeping Fox by Lia from Hero Arts. The simple word "thankful" from this woodblock set was a perfect sentiment. Because I'm thankful for both sweet sleeping foxes as well as cards made from Starbucks cups. I'm pretty thankful for Kathy Racoosin and her inspiration, too! :-)

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, October 5, 2015

Crackled Poinsettia

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a fun new thing from Hero Arts called My Monthly Hero! Every month, Hero Arts will offer a new kit, some designed by Hero, some designed by awesome people out in our wonderful crafting industry - they are calling it "creativity in a box". Fun, yes?! This month they kicked things off with a beautiful Color Layering Poinsettia!

This particular kit comes with the poinsettia stamps, matching dies and five mini ink cubes. For today's card, I decided to give the poinsettias an "aged" look, and coated them with Distress crackle paint after stamping and die-cutting. (I was inspired to dig out the crackle paint after watching Jenn Shurkus use it on some gorgoeus leaves!) Once the cracks formed, I rubbed a bit of vintage photo Distress ink in, to enhance that "aged" look. Do you recognize that background stamp? It's an older one from Hero Arts, called Starburst Lace. Still one of my favorites!

The My Monthly Hero kit launches in the Hero Arts store today. It is only available while supplies last, so if you're interested in it, I suggest you hurry on over - I have a feeling this is going to sell out quickly!

Check out these other fabulous bloggers who are sharing projects made with the kit today:

Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Jayne Nelson
Joan Bardee
Kathy Racoosin
Libby Hickson
Lydia Fiedler
Mariana Grigsby
Sandy Allnock
Suzanne Dahlberg
Wanda Guess
Yana Smakula

And for a closer look at the kit contents, check out this video! Guess who filmed it? Moi! I am not a video-making-pro by any stretch, but I admit I had fun filming this.

Because really, who doesn't get excited when crafty goodness arrives in their mailbox?? :-)

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, September 28, 2015


Today I had the opportunity to create a card using the exclusive collaboration stamp and die set by Hero Arts for Simon Says Stamps' STAMPtember®! It is called Prayers and was designed by the amazing Kelly Rasmussen!

This message set is absolutely perfect for those difficult-to-make sympathy cards. The word "prayers" also has a matching die, but I didn't use it for my card today. I wanted to pair the sentiment with a flower, so I dug into my stash of woodblocks and settled on the beautiful Puff Flower, still one of my favorites! I colored the stamp directly with my markers, huffed on it and then stamped. The subtle background (so subtle it's mostly washed out in my photos, sorry!) is another of my oldie but goodie faves, Old Letter Writing.

There's a touch of Wink of Stella in the center of the flower and also along the gray outer edges of a card - not too blingy, this is a sympathy card afterall, but just a bit of shimmer, which adds a little touch of prettiness. Trust me, it's there. :-)

Be sure to visit Simon Says Stamp and grab this exclusive set, before it's gone!

And if you like this style of stamp & die set, check out all of them in the Hero Arts store, HERE!

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Planning for the important stuff - COFFEE!!

It's a rainy day here in Georgia, so I found some rare weekend time to just sit in my craft room and play! Two things were inspiring me to create today - the fun Coffee Lover's Blog Hop going on this weekend, and also my awesome box of goodies that arrived from Hero Arts, full of the new Clearly Kelly planner release!! YAY! I decided to start with the adorable little Kelly's Coffee & Donuts woodblock set, to create some planner stickers!

Because, you know, planning coffee is SUPER important! :-)

I began by coloring some white Avery 5/8" x 7/8" removable labels with my Copics. I like to use the repositionable stickers for my planner, in case my coffee plans change and I need to move it to a different square.

Aren't the ink cubes super fun, too?? All of these things will be available in the Hero Arts store beginning October 9. But if you're absolutely dying to get your pre-order in, visit Kelly Purkey's store and find them there right now.

And consider playing along with the Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop - there are TONS of fabulous prizes up for grabs, including this very woodblock set I used today, thanks to Hero Arts!

Thanks for stopping by,


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