hero arts + basicgrey grand bazaar blog hop


Hello and welcome to the Hero Arts + BasicGrey Grand Bazaar Blog Hop! If you’ve arrived from Audrey Pettit's blog, you’re in the right spot. If not, you may want to click back to the Hero Arts blog to make sure you don't miss a thing!

Inspired by the fabulous colors and patterns in the Grand Bazaar collection, I created a pair of "hello" cards. Here's a peek at both...

Grand Bazaar is the first BasicGrey collection to include stencils! To create the background on the first card, I sponged Unicorn White pigment ink (best white ink ever) through the Leaf and Flourish stencil onto black cardstock. After removing the stencil, I softened the look by rubbing the sponge in a circular motion all over the stenciled piece. It reminds me of a very dusty, well-used chalkboard.

A stamped greeting from CL782 Small Things, a printed chipboard flower, and a strip of patterned paper complete the card.

For the second card, I created a multicolor background using the Diamond Background cling stamp. Instead of trying to precisely apply various inks directly to the stamp, I stamped it separately using four different ink colors, cut out each strip, and then adhered them to the card. The ink colors were pulled directly from the "Hello There" chipboard piece shown below.

I like the added dimension the cut-out strips bring to the card -- it almost looks like it could have been die cut.

GIVEAWAY! Hero Arts and BasicGrey have generously offered up TWO Grand Bazaar prize packs that include loads of paper, embellishments, clear and cling stamps, and stencils...

Two lucky winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers' blogs. Comment by 11:59pm PDT on Wednesday, June 11 for a chance to win, and be sure to comment at each stop along the hop to increase your chance of winning!

Like what you see? Hero Arts has all of the Grand Bazaar stamps and stencils on sale now through June 13. Woohoo!


Thank you for stopping by today! It's time to hop along to the final destination of the blog hop -- the BasicGrey blog.

*** 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. ***


hero arts + basicgrey spice market blog hop

Hi there! Today I have the honor of joining the Hero Arts + BasicGrey Spice Market Blog Hop. If you’re here from Audrey Pettit's blog, then you’re in the right place! If not, you may want to backtrack to the Hero Arts blog and start from the beginning.

Today we are highlighting the beautiful Spice Market collection. Swoon. It's a little exotic, a little ornate...and a LOT gorgeous.

For the first card, I stamped the Flower Symbol Background with white pigment ink onto kraft cardstock. Then to add some extra color and interest, I stamped dots with a pencil eraser as shown. It's a quick and simple way to give a background stamp a different look.

I cut a piece from the Snippets Pad for the focal message and popped it onto the card with adhesive foam. I also stamped a matching liner for the envelope, using the same background stamp as before. Hero Arts Dark Quartz ink is a really nice color match for the line.

For the second card, I created my own background with the lacy border stamp from the Best Time Ever clear set, stamping it diagonally onto patterned paper from the Spice Market Collection Pack.

A big and bold cardstock sticker (also from the Collection Pack) takes center stage. A white embossed message and a few gold sequins finish it off.

GIVEAWAY TIME! Hero Arts and BasicGrey are offering up two amazing prizes. Take a look at the Spice Market goodness...

That's right, they are giving away not one, but two complete Spice Market collections -- including paper, embellishments, clear and cling stamps! The two winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers' blogs. Comment by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, March 2 for a chance to win, and be sure to comment at each stop along the hop to increase your odds of winning.

Thanks so much for hopping by! Your next stop on the hop is the fabulous Becky Fleck at Page Maps.

*** 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. ***


hero arts 2014 catalog blog hop

Hello and welcome to the next stop on the Hero Arts 2014 Catalog Blog Hop! Today I'm so excited to be bringing you a peek at some fun goodies you'll find in the new Hero Arts Catalog, which will be revealed in full tomorrow over on the Hero Arts blog. Always one of the best days of the year! :)

The cards I'm sharing today, believe it or not, are stamp-free. (I know, right?!) I can't remember the last time that happened, but I have to tell you...I sure had fun using two of the brand new Fancy Dies from Hero Arts on these. The Triangle Background (DI089) and Love and Hello (DI088) dies make my heart go pitter-patter! Here's the card set I created with them:

The piece created by the Triangle Background Fancy Die was layered over a darker shade of cardstock on each card, creating a tone-on-tone effect. I thought it would be fun to accent with a few leftover triangles in contrasting colors, so I glued those right into place. This inset die cut technique is super simple to do, and I love that it keeps the layers/bulk to a minimum. The gold hearts are also inset in the same fashion.

I added metallic touches on each card with brushed gold cardstock and a sprinkling of gold sequins. The photo doesn't quite capture the shimmer -- it's so pretty in real life!

Here's a look at the new products I used on my cards. They're already arriving at participating Catalog Debut stores, and will be available in the Hero Arts Online Store on January 3rd, along with lots of fabulous stamps of course...plus dies, stencils, inks, daubers, sprays, and more!

Thanks so much for visiting today! Your next stop on the hop is the blog of the fabulously talented and fun Julie Ebersole. She always knocks my socks off. Click on over to see what she's created with some of the new stamps!

*** Remember, if you find a link that doesn't work, you can always hop back to the Hero Arts blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in the hop. And don't forget to leave a comment by Sunday, December 22nd for a chance to win some awesome prizes from Hero Arts too! ***


hero arts stamp your story blog hop

Hi there! I'm so happy to welcome you to my stop on the Hero Arts Stamp Your Story Blog Hop!

My mission for today is simple. Clean and simple, that is! I'll be sharing a couple of ideas for using some of Hero Arts' fabulous new Stamp Your Story stamps in a clean and simple way. This release truly has something for everyone -- cardmakers, scrapbookers, mixed media artists, whatever floats your boat! :)

First up is this one layer card I created with nothing but stamps, inks, and white cardstock. "Hello" was stamped with CL697 Journal Letters. Such a fun alphabet. The other elements (heart, dot border, and straight line border) come from the awesome CL696 Notebook Essentials. I adore this set -- don't tell the other stamps but it's probably my favorite from the entire release.

Next I'm sharing a sweet little friendship booklet. I'm not sure if "booklet" is even the right term, but let's go with it. :) The idea is to fill out the pages of the booklet with reasons why your friend (the recipient) fills your life with happiness. I pieced together various words from CL695 My Words to create the phrase on the front. I love that the words in this set can be combined in so many different ways. The sketchy heart comes from CL699 Sketchbook Letters.

Here's a look at one of the inside pages, ready for personalization. All of the pages were stamped using K5731 Notebook Paper, hole punched, and then numbers were added with CL699 Sketchbook Letters. A bit of baker's twine ties it all together.

In case you hadn't heard, the Stamp Your Story products featured in today's blog hop (and even more from the catalog HERE) are currently shipping to local stamp stores and will be available for purchase in the Hero Arts Online Store soon -- May 15th to be exact!

***Would you like to win some new Stamp Your Story goodies? Comment here and on the rest of the hop stops for a chance. Hero Arts will announce the lucky giveaway winner on their blog next Friday, May 10.***

Thanks so much for stopping by! Now it's time to hop over to the amazingly talented Jennifer McGuire's blog and see what fabulousness she's come up with. I can't wait to check it out myself. Happy hopping!


and the winner is...

Hello! I'm back to announce the winner of a spot in the Studio Calico You've Got Mail! class. Congrats to...

Laura O'Donnell!

Laura, I have sent you an email and the good folks at Studio Calico will get you all set up with your spot in class. Class begins March 1st. Enjoy!


class giveaway: you've got mail

There's a brand new cardmaking class on the horizon over at Studio Calico called You've Got Mail!

Lisa Spangler and a team of twelve contributors will share tips, techniques and inspiration on making cards for every occasion. You can read all about the class HERE. As a contributing designer, I get to give away a spot in the class...and that includes a limited edition class stamp set, while supplies last! It's SUPER cute. Take a peek...

Would you like to win a free seat in class?? Just leave a comment on this post by Friday, February 8 at 9pm CST. I'll draw and announce a winner this weekend. Good luck!!

Hope to see you in class!


hero arts 2013 catalog blog hop


Hi and welcome to my stop on the Hero Arts 2013 Catalog Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from the fabulous BasicGrey Blog. If you're just joining us please head back to Hero Arts to start from the top so you don't miss a thing. 

I always love seeing how stamps can be used in different ways so today I'm sharing "his & her" cards that each feature the same stamp -- the new Big Typewriter cling stamp (CG511). I kept them both very clean and simple in style but mixed up the colors and embellishments for entirely different looks.

Here's a closer look at the "she" version -- a retro pink typewriter (ooolala!) with some baker's twine and Rock Candy Stickles on the keys. Sparkly keys would definitely make typing more fun, yes? :)

And here's the "he" version -- decidedly masculine in kraft and black, with a touch of twine and metallic dots. The stripes at the bottom were created by stamping the new Pinstripe Background (S5729) onto the bottom quarter of the card with gray ink.

One fun trick with this typewriter stamp is how you can trim around it so that the paper curls. I shaped the paper around my little bottle of Stickles for a bit and the curve held up quite well. In this closeup you'll also catch a glimpse at two other new-for-2013 message sets -- Thanks a Bunch (CL663) and My Favorite (CL651). Lots and lots of great sentiments are included in both!

And here's a peek at all of the new stamps I used so that you can see what else is included in each set. I can't wait to use these on more cards soon -- nothing like new stamps to get the creativity flowing!

Thanks so much for visiting. Your next hop stop will be the amazingly talented Nichol Magouirk. If you encounter a broken link while hopping, you can go back to the beginning for links to everyone who's participating. Be sure to comment on each blog for a chance to win some awesome prizes from Hero Arts too!

Have a great day...and happy hopping! :)