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.








Thanks for Being You

We have a new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero today, and it’s all about Metallics! I didn’t used to be a fan of gold, I was more of a silver gal, but lately, I’m just loving everything that’s gold in the crafty world.


I used a great sentiment stamp from Hero Arts and surrounded it with a wonderfully whimsical stamp from a Neat & Tangled stamp set.

I stamped this on vellum cardstock and embossed with gold embossing powder from Hero Arts. Adhered that to a scrap piece of cardstock with some gold thread, and a few drops of glossy accents along the edges, underneath the solid circle image, just to keep the edges down. Then popped that up on foam for dimension. I really didn’t want to jump on this foam bandwagon, but I have, and frankly, I love it.

Please hop on over to the blog and join us in this fun challenge. It’s sponsored by the wonderful Simon Says Stamp, and they’ve offered a $25 gift certificate to the winner. Very generous of them, and we thank them very much.







Rainbow Thanks

It’s challenge time over at A Blog Named Hero, and we are using a few pictures for inspiration:


Lots of rainbow fun, right? Rainbows are bright, and colorful, and happy. And I like creating things using the colors of the rainbow, somehow, it always just “works”, naturally.


The only thing I think I need to mention about this card is that I used a piece of graph paper to punch holes in the watercolor paper before I colored it like a rainbow. After the watercolor pain was dry I used the May Arts iridescent string to make embroidered French knots in each hole.

This was my second iteration of this card. Here’s the first one:


Why, yes, that is a giant blob of Glossy Accents on the card front. Why do you ask? :)

Make sure to join us in this challenge, as always, our wonderfully generous sponsor, Simon Says Stamp is offering a $25 gift certificate to their store. Where you might want to get some more Glossy Accents, and one of those needle tip bottles. Or, is that just me?