A Blog Named Hero Project: Celebrate

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It’s an exciting year for Hero Arts Stamps as they are celebrating their 45th anniversary!  We’re celebrating over at A Blog Named Hero with a celebration challenge.

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I am a huge fan of Hero Arts’ background stamps and some of my favorites were a collaboration they did with Basic Grey many years back.  These are just a few from my collection, LOL!  Yes, there’s more…… 🙂

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I thought it would be fun to create an embossed frame using the Highline Ironwork Background stamp which is unfortunately retired, but you could use any of Hero Arts’ backgrounds with this technique.

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I first heat embossed the stamp onto and A2 size white card stock panel using Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear embossing powder.  I used a Rounded Rectangle Infinity die to die cut a hole in the middle to create the frame.  Bonus:  You can use the popped out rectangle for another project!

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Using the frame as a guide, I stamped the “hooray” using different colors of Hero Arts ink in the window.

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I created a sentiment strip to place over the center of the “hoorays”.  I ended up covering the pink “hooray” because I thought the design flowed better that way.

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I added some Crushed Grape Nuvo drops to pull in more color around the sentiment.

Be sure to head over to the challenge at A Blog Named Hero to help celebrate with Hero Arts.  Thanks so much for joining me today!

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CutCardstock Design Team Project: Retro Vases

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Retro designs are such a fun way to add some flair to a clean and simple card.  For my CutCardstock design team project, I added fun starbursts and geometric shapes to some plain vase stamps I had in my collection.  I used Basis card stock in a variety of pretty blues as my color palette.

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Finding the “perfect” blue card stock can be a challenge.  I found that the Basis card stocks in BlueMedium Blue and Light Blue are very nice “true blue” colors.

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I began by heat embossing the outline vase stamps in white and then adding different patterns from the Retro Backgrounds stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop (retired) and heat embossing those in white.

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I trimmed out the vases and then got to work on a simple background for them to sit on.

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I used a circle stencil from My Favorite Things along with Distress Oxide ink in Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron to blend a few circles onto a note card I made with Cougar White Super Smooth 110# card stock.

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I adhered the vases over the top of the bright green circles using a tape runner and foam squares and finished with a sentiment along the bottom.

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I love the pop of green against the blue vases and of course, those funky retro accents.  Thanks so much for joining me today!

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A Blog Named Hero Project: CAS Thinking of You

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Clean and Simple is the theme this month over at A Blog Named Hero.  I think with CAS cards it’s important to have some sort of a “wow” factor on the card if you have lots of white space everywhere else.  This could be an interesting color palette, focal point or technique that stands out.  One of my favorite ways to create a clean and simple card is to choose an interesting color palette that pops.  For today’s project, I chose gray and white card stock to layer on top of each other.  I just love the way these colors look together!

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I used this pretty floral die cut from Hero Arts called Flower Garden Fancy Die and layered it over the top of the fourth largest Rounded Rectangle Infinity die using some liquid glue.

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I trimmed off the excess flowers that were hanging over to create a pretty panel that I popped up with foam tape on to a white note card.

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I then added a scripty sentiment to tie everything together.  Be sure to head over to A Blog Named Hero to join in the CAS challenge going on till the 15th of this month.  Thanks for joining me today!

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CutCardstock Design Team Project: A Note to Say Hello

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One of my favorite ways to use glitter card stock is to add just a touch using a die cut word.  For my recent CutCardstock blog project, I have a clean and simple all- occasion card perfect for a quick note to a friend or loved one.

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I started by die-cutting a script-style hello word die using a piece of Mirrisparkle Glitter Pink from the CutCardstock shop.

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I created a note card using Cougar White Super Smooth #110 lb. card stock and stamped a leaf pattern using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I added a few quick swipes of a green Copic marker just to the edges for a little bit of color.

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Over the top of the leaves, I added some die cut stamped Daisies along with the “hello” adhered down at an angle.

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I always like to pop a few flowers up with foam squares when I’m clustering them.

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A simple sentiment in the corner finishes off the card.  This is very clean and simple, but the pink glitter card stock adds just enough shimmer to make it interesting.

Thanks for joining me today!

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Monthly Update April 2019

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Hi Friends!

Just popping in for a recap of what’s been going on in my crafting world over the past month.

My First Craft Show!

As you can see from the picture above, this was my craft desk over the past month.  I was busy!  I participated in a small, local pop-up maker’s market last week which was the perfect size to try out the craft show circuit.  You can see more about this adventure plus some helpful tips over at THIS POST.

New Stamp Company Coming Soon…..

I have been keeping up with all the sneak peaks Betsy Veldman has been having for her new stamp company The Greetery, coming April 26.  I have been a fan of Betsy’s talent for color and design for many years when she was over at Papertrey Ink.  I can’t wait to see her new products!

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Happy News!

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I recently joined the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Team and couldn’t be happier!  I have been a fan of Hero Arts stamps since I first got started in the card making world.  Twice a month, I will be posting projects here on my blog and their Facebook page featuring stamps and supplies from Hero Arts.  This was my first project.  You can find the full post HERE.

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Be sure to join in on the monthly challenges over on the A Blog Named Hero website.  This month’s challenge is Clean and Simple.  There are great prizes to be won!

Favorite Projects from the Past Month:

Over at the ThinkCrafts by CreateForLess blog, I featured this card inspired by a sketch and fancy blue and white china.

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Details can be found at THIS post.

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I’ve been working a lot with products from a new to me company called DoCrafts.  Their Xcut dies are so fun and intricate.  I made this colorful cake recently on the ThinkCrafts blog.

Details can be found at THIS post.

In the Craft Room:

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New stamps and dies for spring!  I have a video HERE showing you a close-up of some crafty purchases I made.  You’ll be seeing a lot of these in my upcoming blog projects.

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Well, I think that covers it for this month.  Let me know if you have any questions by leaving me a comment or email and be sure to follow this blog, my Facebook Page or Instagram for all the latest updates and projects.  Have a great day!

–Heidi

My First Craft Show

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Hi Everyone!

Last week, I participated in a small, local pop-up maker’s market which was the perfect size to try out the craft show circuit.  A craft show has been on my list of “crafty things to try” for awhile, but I was a little nervous.  It ended up being so much fun and I even sold some cards!

 

 

I created a little bit of everything to kind of cover all the bases– Birthday cards, graduation, tags, Easter cards. I kept track of what sold best and what people were looking for so I could be sure to have those things stocked for future shows.

Helpful Hints:

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  • Here are some links to the stores where you can find the fold-up We R Memory Keepers bag I show in my video:
  • Below, are a few helpful websites I used for my craft show supplies.  I am not affiliated with any of these companies, I’m just a happy customer :).

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To transport my cards safely, I carried them in one of these Iris storage containers with the plastic boxes taken out.

I would definitely recommend trying a craft show.  Start small–some towns have these little pop up markets that just have 6 or 7 vendors so you can see if you like it.  It’s a great way to meet other makers and even learn about other types of crafts.  I’m ready to do more now that the weather is getting nicer.  Feel free to leave me a comment below or email me with questions you may have about my process.

Have a great day!

A Blog Named Hero Project: Easter Blessings

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Hi Everyone!

I’m back with another project for the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Page.  This month’s new challenge is up over at the challenge blog and I’m playing along using the gorgeous Hero Arts Marianne’s Flowers stamp set.

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I was inspired by all the beautiful flower arrangements offered this time of year for the Easter Holiday.  To keep my design clean and simple, I kept the card one layer and opted to use my Zig Clean Color brush pens to add the vibrant color.  These are a great option because they do not show through the other side of the paper as Copics tend to do.  I like to use my Zig’s full strength, but you could also opt to add water for a lighter, watercolored effect.

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To give a fuller, floral look, I cut out a few of the stamped flowers and popped them up with foam tape overlapping each other.  I also added a little bit of shimmer to the bird using a Spectrum Noir shimmer pen.

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Be sure to head over to A Blog Named Hero for all the challenge details.  Thanks so much for joining me today!

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CutCardstock Design Team Project: Sparkle Gals

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I feel like fashion and glitter go hand in hand, so for my most recent CutCardstock design team project, I combined the cutest stamp set with some of CutCardstock’s gorgeous glitter card stock.

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To create the frame and highlight all that great sparkle, I the Fine Frames Cover die from Altenew that creates these really thin rectangle frames.  I cut three sets: one each from Mirrisparkle Glitter Silver card stock, Mirrisparkle Glitter Pink Sapphire, and Pow Black Glitter paper.  I then chose three that would fit together nicely around my sentiment and images on the front of my card.

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I then stamped my sentiment (from an older WPlus9 set–Sparkle & Shine) on to the front of a card I made using Cougar White Super Smooth 100# card stock.  I used Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it with a holographic embossing powder.

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I heat embossed the adorable little ladies from Stampendous’ Sassy City stamp set all around the sentiment using Versafine Onyx ink and clear embossing powder.  I love that name–Sassy City!

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Here’s a peek at the inside…..I used an older set from Hero Arts called Many Birthday Messages.

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To finish, I added the glittered frames to highlight the scene.

I love how the hint of glitter pulls together an otherwise pretty clean and simple design.  The die cut frames are great too, because you can save the rest for many more projects.

 Thanks so much for joining me today!

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Teacher Appreciation

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I am so excited to be a part of the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Inspiration Team!  If you haven’t tried the challenges over at A Blog Named Hero and you love using Hero Arts products, definitely head over to join in the fun.  Twice a month, I will have projects here on my blog and over on the A Blog Named Hero Facebook Page, so feel free to follow my blog and their Facebook page so you don’t miss a thing.

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For today’s card, I’m joining in the current challenge which is “embossing”  I am using the Bookcase wooden stamp along with the Stamp Your Own Fruit stamp set to create a teacher appreciation card.

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Using some Hero Arts Sea Mix and older teal layering papers, I created two A2 size notecards and stamped the bookcase onto the front of each using Versamark ink.  I then sprinkled white embossing powder and heat embossed the entire background.  You want to be sure to use a powder bag before stamping to ensure crisp embossing with the powder staying in the right places.

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The Stamp Your Own Fruit set has an apple that is such a perfect, basic shape.  I colored two with a few Copics and then trimmed them out with scissors.

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I popped the apple up with some foam tape in the middle of each of my cards and added a heat embossed sentiment using the Thanks Stamp & Cut set.

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This was a super easy card to make and you can do different colors for both masculine and feminine.  I love the combination of the apple with the bookcase for the teacher theme.

Thanks so much for joining me today!

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CutCardstock Design Team Project: Easter Wishes

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The pastel colors of the Easter season are so pretty.  I love all the mints, pinks and robin egg blues. For my CutCardstock design team project, I thought that Curious Metallic cardstock in Aloe/Pale Green would be such a nice choice to create a card inspired by this color palette.

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To start, I embossed a panel of Cougar White Super Smooth #100 cardstock with the Woven embossing folder from Sizzix.  I also created an A2 sized notecard using the Aloe/Pale Green Curious Metallic cardstock.

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I created a frame in the panel by die cutting a circle into the middle.  I stamped a sentiment with Versamark Ink using the cut panel as my guide and heat embossed it using a Lilac Pearl embossing powder from Ranger.

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I love the minty shimmer against the purple!

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I colored a few stamps from Sunny Studio’s Easter Wishes set with Copics and trimmed them out with scissors.

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After adhering the white frame to the front of my Curious Metallic note card using foam tape, I added the stamps using Glue Dots.  I used a little grass border I cut from more of the pale green card stock to give the stamps a place to sit.

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It’s hard to tell from the photo, but I added a little bit of Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer Pen to the sheep.

This card definitely makes me think of Spring :).

Thanks for joining me today!

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