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Monday, February 8, 2016

Hero Arts 2016 Catalog Blog Hop


Hello! I'm happy to be hopping along with a bunch of AMAZING artists today, to celebrate the launch of the 2016 Catalog products in the Hero Arts store.  **The store will be available later today - in the meantime, enjoy all of the inspiration on the blog hop!** You should have made your way here from Tami's blog. I have the full list of hoppers down below, as well as info about a giveaway!

Today I'm playing with one of my favorite new dies in this release - the Paper Layering Mum Flower.


I made two cards for today's post. First, I cut the flower from vellum.


Hero Arts has a new line of Bold Inks - these are hybrid inks (a blend of dye and pigment), and they dry quickly and are permanent on most surfaces - including vellum! I made a mask by cutting the flower again out of regular paper, and trimming to remove the inner bits of the flower.


The ink was sponged onto the vellum, then a little gold stitching added to keep the panel in place. The message is from a new set of messages called Hello Gorgeous! - I love the fun and sometimes edgy sentiments in this set! I embossed the "you can do this" message in Brass embossing powder - LOVE this color!


Since I already had my Brass embossing powder out, I decided to go a little crazy and emboss an entire panel of cardstock with it, to use for cutting out another mum.


The background for this card is a gorgeous new Bold Prints cling stamp called Foliage. I stamped it in new Orchid Bold Ink on vellum.


The message for this one comes from another great new set called Dare to Dream - the sentiments in this one are a lot of  "girl power" themes and I love it!


I'm the final stop on this blog hop - I hope you've enjoyed all of the amazing inspiration! The list of bloggers is copied below - check them out if you haven't already! Hero Arts is giving away four $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Comment by 11:59pm PT on Sunday, February 14, and they will announce the winner on the Hero Arts blog the following week. Hop along and comment on every blog for more chances to win!

Hero Arts (visit this one later today)
Lia Griffith
Kelly Purkey
Jennifer McGuire
Yana Smakula
Lucy Abrams
Kristina Werner
Kathy Racoosin
Mariana Grigsby
Debby Hughes
Nichol Magouirk
Joan Bardee
Lydia Fiedler
Sandy Allnock
Julie Ebersole
Amy Tsuruta
Kelly Rasmussen
Suzanne Dahlberg
Wanda Guess
Clare Prezzia
Tami Hartley
Libby Hickson (this is me!)

And be sure to visit the Hero Arts store later today to check out all of the new goodies!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

More Butterflies!

Hi there! Just popping in to let you know I'm over on the Hero Arts blog today, sharing more of the awesome butterflies from my last post. But this time they are cut from vellum and coated with glitter. Sigh. I'm not gonna lie, I may have made *myself* swoon making this card. :)


Stop by Hero Arts for more info!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Hero Arts 2016 Catalog Reveal!!


Hi everyone! It's time for another exciting release at Hero Arts! The new 2016 catalog is faaabuuuulousssss! :-) I'm hopping with the Creative Team today, giving you a look at some of the goodies. Be sure to head over to the Hero Arts blog if you haven't already, you'll find more about the catalog there - including an online view of all the catalog goodness! You will begin finding the new 2016 Catalog products at your favorite store soon! And all products will be available in the Hero Arts store beginning February 8.

For today's post I'm sharing something I created for the catalog, using DC182 Butterfly Pair Stamp & Cut!


This die set is another "paper layering" type of set - it only partially cuts the butterflies out, so you can bend up the wings and make them look like they are flying off your card! I just love them.


I just did a quick wash of watered down ink in the background, stamped my butterflies in black, and die cut. It's a very easy card with a really striking effect!


I am the final stop on today's blog hop, but if you happened to start here at my lil' ol' blog, be sure to go back and visit everyone else...

Hero Arts
Yana Smakula
Suzanne Dahlberg
Amy Tsuruta
Jayne Nelson
Clare Prezzia
Libby Hickson (yup, that's me!)

You'll want to leave a comment along every stop on the hop, because Hero Arts is giving away one fabby grand prize!! The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you'll have to win! Comment by 11:59pm PT on Sunday, January 17, and they'll anounce the winner on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Hero Arts January Kit!

Hello!! Today is launch day for the January My Monthly Hero kit at Hero Arts. It has a Valentines theme, and among other things, a heart die I absolutely LOVE!! It is truly a must have. It's what Hero Arts refers to as a "Paper Layering" die - it partially cuts, to allow dimension on the card. I love how the hearts look like they are fluttering off the card!


On this card, I used watercolor paper, and watercolored the hearts and background all in a pretty pool color. I also coated the hearts with Bo Bunny Glitter Paste - my latest addiction! A message from the kit was embossed in silver.


For my next card, I kept with the blue theme and stamped the solid hearts from the set randomly on my card. I had a "bokeh" look in mind as inspiration as I stamped this. Another fun sentiment from the kit was used on this one.


More glitter paste was used on a die cut heart - see, told you I'm addicted! This time I used silver.

This next card is one I shared on the Hero Arts blog on Saturday. I love the simplicity of it! And again, that die is just so gorgeous! The message on this one isn't included in the kit, it's from a set called You Are My Happy, from the Valentines release. It has the same font as messages in the kit, I love it!


Here's my entire set of cards - yes, I was into blue for this release! :-)


And here's a look at the entire kit! It's fabulous!! Two stamp sets, two ink cubes, dies, sequins, things for making shaker cards, including acetate and some really gorgeous vellum, and also additional cards and envelopes. So much fun in one kit!! The sweet & talented queen of shaker cards and sequins - Lucy Abrams - created the exclusive sequin mix, so you know it has to be beautiful!

You can see this kit in action on several other fabulous blogs, here's the complete list! Be sure to visit and comment on every one of these blogs - Hero Arts is giving away a kit to one lucky commenter, randomly chosen from all comments across all of these blogs! Comment on all for more chances to win!

Hero Arts
Jennifer McGuire
Yana Smakula
Lucy Abrams
Lydia Fiedler
Mariana Grigsby

Now HURRY over to the Hero Arts store, as this kit is only available for a limited time, and it's going to go fast!! And as you're shopping keep in mind - they always have free shipping on US orders over $50!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Looking Back at 2015...

Hi everyone! At this time of year I typically post a summary of my favorite cards that I've created and shared over the previous year. I remember the first year I did this, I picked one from each month, and really struggled trying to narrow it down because there were so many to choose from. This year? Not so much. 2015 was a year full of ups and downs in our house, and not a whole lot of time for stamping, but overall I have nothing to complain about. But I do wish I had more time to stamp. Here are my favorites from the times I was able to create...

Most of my favorite creations were shared on the Hero Arts blog. You can find all of my posts HERE, but here's a little peek.


And from my own blog, here's a few of my favorites.








Another card highlight for me this year was being asked to create a card for the Simon Says Stamp blog. I love how this turned out.


I went through a little trip down memory lane as I was writing this, looking through my previous summaries - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. It's interesting to look back over the years. For the most part, stamping to me has always just been about having FUN! It's my hobby. But if you had told me back in 2007 when I started this blog, that at the start of 2016 I'd have posted 1,185 blog posts and received over 15,000 kind comments on here, not to mention the fact that I'd be working full-time for a rubber stamp company, I never would have believed it. Not for a minute.

Funny where life takes you, isn't it?

Wishing you all the best in 2016!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hero Arts Valentine's Release - with special guest Mariana Grigsby!!



Today is release day for the Hero Arts 2016 Valentines Collection in the Hero Arts store. I love love LOVE these news stamps!!! So many pretty hearts. Looooove. Love. Love them!!

Even though I loooove them, I have been so busy I haven't had a chance to USE them! I mentioned this to my newly appointed Favorite Person in the World - Mariana Grigsby - and she offered to let me share one of HER cards on my blog today. I am so thankful for this, you have no idea. And this has worked out well for YOU - this is no doubt the prettiest card I've ever posted on my blog. Because I didn't make it, Mariana did!! :-)


Mariana featured the Floral Heart Stamp & Cut by Lia on her card. And check out that cute plaid design around the edge! That isn't patterned paper - Mariana stamped that using the Candy Stripe Bold Prints background in Ultra Pink ink. How fun is that?


Mariana put together this cute graphic to show how her card is layered together. Love it!


And here's her full supply list:

Floral Heart Stamp & Cut by Lia
Candy Stripes Bold Prints
Ultra Pink ink for the plaid background and sentiment
Raspberry Jam ink for the panel behind the heart
Others: Glossy Accents, enamel dots, foam tape

Thank you SO MUCH, Mariana, for letting me share your card on my blog.

Be sure to check out this full list of blogs if you haven't already - Hero Arts is giving away a collection of clear stamps and dies from the release to one lucky commenter, picked from comments left on everyone's posts, received by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, December 13th. The winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog next week.

Hero Arts
Mariana Grigsby
Amy Tsuruta
Yana Smakula
Suzanne Dahlberg
Jayne Nelson
Libby Hickson -- that's me!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Hero Arts December Kit!

Hello! It's My Monthly Hero launch day at Hero Arts - and I am so in love this this month's kit!! I've recently been bitten by the planner bug, and this kit is all about goal planning! For today's post, I'm sharing a fun little planner "layout" I did - both to record some important dates, but also to get myself excited about an upcoming daunting task...!


So here's the deal... my daughter is a Girl Scout. And this year I'll be my daughter's troop's cookie mom. We have a huge troop of twenty girls! I'm a wee bit nervous about taking this on, I hope it all goes well! So... to start getting myself into Cookie Mode, I bought a simple, inexpensive planner at the drugstore to be my dedicated "Girl Scout planner"!


I absolutely love all of the little motivational sayings between the two stamp sets included in the kit! They are 2.5" x 6" stamp sets, matching the size of the rest of the Hero Arts Clearly Kelly line of planner stamps. Included sentiments are "Little Steps Big Dreams" - perfect for a little girl stepping her way across our neighborhood, knocking on doors - and "you got this!" and "high five" and "dream it, do it." - all perfect! But one I especially love is "have fun" - because really, that's what I want her to be doing with this. I taped in a couple photos of her having fun at her cookie booths last year, to remind me of how much she enjoyed it, and how much she learned about confidence, handling money, and the kindness of strangers.


I get the stamps early as prototypes, so in the actual kits the stamps will have the correct labels. But don't they look kind of fun stained with neon ink? LOL! No, I'm most definitely not one to mind if my stamps are stained, I know they still work fabulously even when they are neon! :)

I added a couple of other stamp sets to my calendar layout - I had fun making the little banners at the top by combining Kelly's Planner Banners with the Alpha Tabs set - those are some of my favorite alphabet stamps, along with Kelly's Outline Letters!

Here's a look at the entire kit, along with the stamps are three SUPER FUN mini ink daubers. I've already made several checklists using the circle stamps from the kit and those daubers. There's also four badges, designed by Kelly Purkey!


Several other stampers are sharing projects made with the kit today - be sure to check them out!

Kelly Purkey
Krista Wells
Yana Smakula
Barbara Picinich
Suzanne Dahlberg

Also stop by the Hero Arts blog post for all of the kit details. Hero Arts is giving away THREE of these fabulous kits, with winners pulled from the comments on this & the above blogs. Comment for a chance to win!!

And... if come January you're having a craving for cookies, send me your email address and this cute and very hard working Girl Scout will send you an email through her Digital Cookie site! :)


Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Elf!!

There are so many things I love about Christmas - and one favorite is watching the movie Elf with the kids. So many giggles! I just like to smile. SMILING'S MY FAVORITE! So when the kind ladies over at A Blog Named Hero asked little ol' me to be one of their guests this month - I knew I had to dig out my Hero Arts Santa's Elves set and make a card!!


I colored him with my Copics. The message was printed on the computer and cut out. There's a tiny bit of sparkle on the lights that you may or may not be able to see in the photo!


Now head on over to A Blog Named Hero and check out what my blog post buddy Bhavana shared today.

And thanks again to Linda & Lisa for inviting me!!


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Check me out on Simon Says Stamp blog!

Hi all! I'm just popping in really quick to let you know I'm over on the Simon Says Stamp blog today. Yay me!! I was pretty honored when they invited me. I made a card featuring the Hero Arts Paper Layering Tree die - which worked out really well since SSS is kicking off their DIEcember event in a couple days! Fun!


So please pop on over there and check it out! And leave a comment so that maybe they'll invite me back someday....!

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,

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