Best Shaving Cream Ever

A couple of years ago I discovered a shaving cream that, according to my husband, is “the best shaving cream ever invented”. As a matter of fact, he loved it so much that we purchased another bottle to give to a friend of his who then said “why isn’t this the only shaving cream on the market? Everyone should know about it.”

It’s called Billy Jealousy Hydroplane.


It lasts an incredibly long time. It works wonderfully. And most important? It’s vegan. Yes, that’s right, vegan. That means that no animals were harmed, abused, or killed, for that nice clean shave that we all enjoy.


Hero Arts Blog Hop

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Today I am honored to be a part of the Hero Arts + A Blog Named Hero Holiday Blog Hop! You likely came here from the wonderful Libby Hickson’s blog. I’m so thankful that I got to meet Libby this year. She’s super sweet, and fun, and I wish we had had more time to spend together. Maybe next year. :)

This year’s Holiday Release from Hero Arts is just spectacular, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some (if not all) of the new goodies. Here’s a card I made using one of the new background stamps, Candy Stripe bold prints. It’s such a great stamp, and I know it will see lots of use from me, year round. Paired that with one of the Lia Griffith wood block stamps, Merry & Bright by Lia. I’m hoping that there are stamps in this format for every release that Hero Arts does going forward. They’re perfect for an elegant, simple sentiment, and I will use these for a very long time.


I stamped the sentiment with versamark onto some vellum cardstock, then used the new platinum embossing powder from Hero Arts. It’s just the perfect shade of metallic for my taste. The background was stamped onto some paper and also embossed with the same embossing powder. I then used two shades of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the stripes. If you notice, the top left is a stronger, darker color, and it fades out to the bottom right. I did that by coloring with the markers in the top left, and then using a waterbrush to drag the color down.

So that you could see the sentiment on the vellum better, I hand stitched it onto a piece of white cardstock, and then popped that up onto the card front. I used metallic thread for that, to match the embossing powder.

Here’s a list of the blog hop participants, I hope you’ll stop by everyone’s blog. We have some amazing projects for you, and there’s a giveaway! Hero Arts has stashed away THREE of the November 2015 My Monthly Hero kits to giveaway to readers of this hop. The winners will be randomly chosen from all of the blog hop comments, across all blogs, received by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, November 22nd. Check the Hero Arts blog for the announcement of the winner on Tuesday, November 24th.

Next stop on the hop is Niki Garcia. I’ve had a peek at what she’s made, you’re going to love it.

Hero Arts
Linda Trace
Libby Hickson
Lisa Stein
Niki Garcia
Amy Tsuruta
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Mateja Povse
Suzanne Dahlberg
Michelle Lupton
Bhavana Kesarkar
Mariana Grigsby
Chitra Menon
Gayatri Murali
Isabel Rivera Ruiz
Clare Prezzia

If you happen to find a link that doesn’t work, you can hop back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in today’s hop.

Thanks for hopping by!


Die Cutting Challenge

The latest challenge at A Blog Named Hero is all about die cutting. And I was lucky enough to have this sort of fall into place. Last month, I was creating invitations for a friend’s 50th birthday party using the Louie’s 123 dies from Lawn Fawn. I was cutting the 5 and 0 from glitter paper and refused to discard the center of the 0, since it was so gorgeous. Then, inspiration struck. I would somehow use it for this die cutting challenge.

I made a repeating pattern of the ovals on the front of a card base. Trimmed off the edges. Added some gorgeous sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, who is our collaboration partner this month, and then proceeded to spend days figuring out if I was going to use any further embellishments. Which means, there are variations to this card. :) I’ll only show you one of them.


I couldn’t decide which I liked better. I happen to be a big fan of the color green, and I think that this version looks very rich. And I also love the first version for its elegance. These will go to some couples that are marrying in the next month, so I’m glad I was able to make them.

Please join us in this challenge, our generous sponsor, Simon Says Stamp, is offering a $25 gift voucher to their store, and it’s Stamptember! Lots to buy.