thanksgiving blessings: hero arts STAMPtember exclusive

Hero Arts has released a fantastic new special edition stamp + die set as part of Simon Says Stamp's STAMPtember celebration. Check it out here! I've created a clean and simple single layer card featuring watercolor stripes and a couple of the smaller images from the set along with the main message. Just love that bold script!

How cute is the slice of pumpkin pie? With whipped cream, of course. :)

There's a lot of goodness packed into this little set...

I love that you can use the word "thanks" alone or paired with "giving" to create holiday and non-holiday cards alike. I see myself using the "thanks" stamp to make many thank you cards long after Thanksgiving has passed. The small images would also be great to use on place cards for the Thanksgiving table.

Check out the post on the Simon Says Stamp blog for even more inspiration. Thanks for stopping by!


hero arts color layering blog hop

Welcome to my stop on the Hero Arts Color Layering Blog Hop! Click here to start from the beginning, or keep reading and follow the links at the end of this post. Hero Arts is giving away five awesome prize packs...more on that in a bit!

A few months back I was tasked with a super fun assignment to select four existing Hero Arts ink colors to go along with the Color Layering Ice Cream stamp set. Hello? Count me in. It turned out to be more of a challenge than I anticipated, only because I wanted to pick ALL the yummy ice cream colors! :) I mean, those cute scoops look delicious in just about any color. I finally narrowed it down to a favorite flavor straight from our freezer mint chip! A four-cube ink pack called Tami's Mint Chip was born and so was this card...

Since the ink cube pack contains dark brown, that can pull triple duty for the top layer of the cone, the chips, and the sentiment. As for the pink stripes in the background, those are watercolored. The only inks used on this card are the four included in the pack. The coordinating dies make quick work of cutting out the cone and scoops.

Glossy Accents is perfect for adding shine and dimension to the chocolate chips. It doesn't show well in the photo, but it's there, I promise! ;)

I love that Hero Arts has grouped the stamps, dies and inks all together in one bundle. Makes it so easy to shop...and you'll save some money this way too!

You can now find all of the bundles, as well as the individual products from the Color Layering Catalog, here in the Hero Arts shop.

***GIVEAWAY*** Hero Arts is giving away a Color Layering Bundle of choice to five lucky blog readers, selected from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Comments close Sunday, June 19 at 11:59pm PT, and Hero Arts will announce the winners the following week.

Be sure to comment on each blog for more chances to win:

Thanks for stopping by! Before you hop along to Libby's blog to see some gorgeous orchids, leave a comment and let me know your favorite ice cream flavor and you'll be entered in the giveaway. Happy summer and happy stamping!


hero arts 2016 catalog blog hop


Hello and welcome to the Hero Arts 2016 Catalog Blog Hop! If you’re here from Clare Prezzia'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 very beginning.

All of the stamps, dies, stencils and inks you've been seeing during this hop are officially available in the Hero Arts shop as of today, and shipping is free on all US orders over $50! Here's a look at a few of the fun new products I'll be using on my cards today...

Neon Red to Purple Ombré Ink • Neon Chartreuse to Blue Ombré Ink
Pearl Strings Bold Prints Cling Background (CG688)

I started by inking the large 6x6-inch Pearl Strings background with the neon ombré pads and stamping onto white cardstock. Because the stamp is large, you'll be able to repeat the ombré gradation a couple of times. I just love these bright, happy colors!

These backgrounds would be perfect for birthday cards and invitations, but today I decided to make some simple "hello" cards using another new stamp I love -- the Dotted Hello.

The sentiment panel is mounted flat against the card base, while the stamped background pieces are cut and raised with foam tape. To create the solid ombré look, I simply blended each of the three colors from the inkpad with a sponge dauber onto white cardstock. Once that was dry, I white heat embossed the Dotted Hello on top. A couple of thin gold strips finish off the cards. So easy!

There are many great 6x6 Bold Prints background stamps in this release. Here's a peek at some of the others you may be interested in...

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAYS! 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 for more chances to win!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Your next stop on the hop is the sweet and talented Libby Hickson.

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