Organization Ideas: Kelly’s Craft Room Part 3

September 18th, 2014 by kelly

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Hi there! I’m back with another post to share a few organization ideas with you from my craft room.

I keep all of my 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock in magazine files and a Cropper Hopper paper holder. The first one holds all my neutrals (white, cream, kraft, black, grey), the next one has Hero Arts Layering Papers and the last one is for other brands of colored cardstock.

Paper Storage 1 - Kelly Rasmussen

I have the different types/brands divided by sturdy page protectors. Each page protector has the brand and color of cardstock printed on a label in the corner. The page protectors serve as dividers between each type of cardstock AND it’s also where I put any scraps after I cut into a new sheet.

Paper Storage 2 - Kelly Rasmussen

Next up, I store my stencils in Avery Elle Stamp Storage Pockets. They are made to store clear stamp sets, but work great for stencils, too!

Stencil Storage - Kelly Rasmussen

The pocket stamp storage method has become very popular thanks to Jennifer McGuire and I can see why. I love these pockets and I am currently working on my clear stamp storage using this system.

Die cutting has become very popular over the last few years and once Hero Arts started selling dies I knew I needed to come up with a more efficient storage system than just leaving them in their original packaging. So two years ago, on a whim, I picked up the ArtBin Magnetic Die Storage Case at an after-Thanksgiving sale at JoAnn’s. And I’m so glad I did because I love this system!

Die Storage 1 - Kelly Rasmussen

If you are not familiar with this system, it is a clear case that hold magnetic sheets for wafer thin dies. I currently have 15 magnetic sheets in mine and there is room for at least 6-8 more.

Die Storage 2 - Kelly Rasmussen

The sheets can hold quite a few dies and if you are strategic about where you place them, they can hold even more. And I use a permanent marker to label the backside of the die with the product name or number.

Thanks for joining me today! I still have a few more organization ideas to share, so I’ll see you back here soon.


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Winter Wonderland

September 17th, 2014 by lisa

Hello! Come and join me for a walk in a winter wonderland! I must admit to getting a little (okay, a LOT) carried away by the new Cross-hatch Reindeer. I think he goes perfectly with the Pen & Ink Christmas tree, don’t you?

First I stamped up a paper snow globe, like so!

Winter Wonderland by Lisa Spangler

I just stamped the trees and the deer, then gave them a good coat of glitter. I crunched up some old styrofoam and added more chunky glitter for the snow. Of course I couldn’t resist adding a red gem to the deer’s nose. Then I stamped “winter wonderland” from the Naughty or Nice set on a tag, tied it on, and that was that!

Winter Wonderland by Lisa Spangler

Next time I’m going to get some of that air-dry paper clay from the craft store to make a big snowbank for the deer to stand on. Can’t wait.

Of course, I couldn’t stop there. While I had my supplies out I went ahead and made a matching card. It’s pretty clean and simple.

Winter Wonderland by Lisa Spangler

Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

I used the same colors as before, except this time I stamped the deer in black instead of soft granite for extra contrast. I also made a blizzard of snowflakes by flicking on some silver shimmer spray. I just love how the silver decor goes with the silver splats!

Just so you know, the “to you” message is from the Family & Friends set — another set I just can’t stop using. :)

Thanks so much for joining me for a walk in a winter wonderland! If you’re like me and you can’t get enough of the Cross-hatch Reindeer either, then be sure to visit us again on Monday when Yana will be here with a video featuring him! :)

See you then,


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209) Tide Pool (AF223) Soft Granite (AF226) Red Sparkle Gems (CH159) Silver Metallic Decor (CH186)
Naughty or Nice (CL712) Family and Friends (CL803) Pen & Ink Christmas Tree (H5806) Cross-Hatch Reindeer (H5957) Pool Mixed Folded Cards (PS639) Silver Shimmer Spray (WM117)

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Peace & Joy

September 16th, 2014 by tami

Hi everyone! Today’s card is one I created with a few of my favorite stamps from the 2014 Holiday Catalog — those from the BasicGrey Evergreen collection. (Hello, lovelies.) Aside from the beautiful designs, the thing I love most about these stamps is how easy they are to mix and match.


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

I started by stamping the Leaves, Berries & Branches background onto a Punch notecard. The focal panel is a combination of several small clear stamps, including this sweet bird and branch, plus a sprinkling of Prisma glitter for good measure. It’s all popped onto a vellum panel.


Looking for color inspiration? The ink swatches I’ve used are below. I see more of this combination in the near future!


Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Soft Pool Shadow Ink (AF146) Ruby Ink Pad (AF150) Soft Granite (AF226) Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Pad (AF246) Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad (AF249) BG: Leaves, Berries, & Branches (CG646)
BG: Merry & Bright Holidays (CL791) BG: Peace & Joy Christmas (CL792) Ultra Fine Prisma Glitter (PG104) Blush Mixed Folded Cards (PS568) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)

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Boo-tiful Sky

September 15th, 2014 by julie

Hi, it’s Julie to share a Halloween card with you! Wouldn’t it be fun to receive spook mail like this?


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

I love the effect of sprays and the Neon Orange is such a quick and easy way to light up the Halloween sky for the backdrop on this design!


Happy haunting! ;)

India Black Ink Pad (AF248) Spooky Halloween (CL788) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Black Notecards (PS688) Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697) Embossing Powder - White (PW110)
Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250) Neon Orange Spray (WM104)

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Merry and Bright

September 12th, 2014 by admin

Hi everyone! This is Yana and today I’m sharing a simple modern Holiday card with neon ornaments, created with the Christmas Crystals stamp set.


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

There are many ways you can add color to these crystals. I used a Neon Pink ink dauber and colored inside and also outside the lines for a messy look. I also added a few drops of the Silver Shimmer spray ink to my background. I used masks for the crystals and only added ink drops to the white area around the ornaments.


Instead of stamping a complete sentiment I used the “Merry” and “Bright” and created a border along the bottom edge of my paper for a more modern look.


To finish things off I added a few black pearls and smooth clear gemstones.

So there you have a very easy to do modern holiday card. Enjoy!


Neon Pink Ink Dauber (AD001) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Assorted Crystal Gemstones (CH117) Smooth Clear Gemstones (CH153) Midnight Black Accent Pearls (CH172) Christmas Crystals (CL802)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Black Layering Paper (PS691) Silver Shimmer Spray (WM117)

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Crafty Friends

September 11th, 2014 by admin

Hello! It’s Cheiron here today with a card using a favorite sentiment stamp from the Handmade for Christmas release. This Crafty Friends stamp is perfect to make cards to send to all your crafty friends near and far! I love this design because it is so easy to make the colorful background. Just a few swipes of your favorite dauber colors is all it takes.


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

To get the shaded look on my sentiment, I stamped it with an ink dauber first, then stamped it again, slightly offset, in black.


Thanks for stopping by today!


Tide Pool Ink Dauber (AD010) Charcoal Ink Dauber (AD018) Ultra Pink Dauber (AD025) Pastel Yellow Dauber (AD028) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Soft Granite (AF226)
Notebook Essentials (CL696) Crafty Friends (H5943) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697) Newspaper Background (S5601)

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Thankful for You

September 10th, 2014 by admin

Hello! It’s Donna here and I’m excited to share a card using the new Thankful For You set and my latest passion—watercoloring.


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

To add the appearance of texture, I stamped the background with Designer Woodgrain which is one of my favorite background stamps of all time.


I gold embossed the images to help me keep the colors “within the lines” and the gold adds a bit of richness to the card. I hope you’ll consider watercoloring your stamped images. It’s fast and fun and most of all, forgiving.

Happy stamping!


Soft Sand Shadow Ink (AF144) Thankful for You (CL799) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Designer Woodgrain (S5208) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Happy Holidays

September 9th, 2014 by admin

Hello! It’s Mariana here today with a holiday card using some wonderful products from the new Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Catalog! I can’t believe that Christmas is approaching fast!

The card I have created features Merry & Bright Holidays clear stamp set, and Leaves, Berries & Branches background…


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

For this card, I created a double image background using two big stamps that I think look great together. First, I stamped Music background with a light color (Soft Sand) to create a very subtle image. Then, I stamped Leaves, Berries & Branches background using Tide Pool ink.  I just love how the ink perfectly matches the color of the cardstock behind and blends with it!  The focal point of this card is a tag (Punch color) with a white embossed image, and gold embossed sentiment from Merry & Bright Holidays clear stamp set.  This new stamp set has many pretty images that you can use in lots of different ways!


The final touches are always required to make your projects shine; in this case I used, a felt poinsettia, sequins and some gemstones!

Thank you so much for joining me today!


Soft Sand Shadow Ink (AF144) Tide Pool (AF223) Music Background (CG222) BG: Leaves, Berries, & Branches (CG646) Gemstones (2mm) Adhesive Crystals (CH112) Olive Gemstones (CH155)
Felt Poinsettia and Leaves (CH161) BG: Merry & Bright Holidays (CL791) GLOSSY ACCENTS (GW221) Mini Glue Dots (MI004) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624)
Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Embossing Powder - Gold (PW100) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Tagalicious Tone on Tone Card

September 8th, 2014 by admin

Hello! It’s Wida here today, and I am so excited, OK nervous really, to post for the first time on the Hero Arts blog. Today I am showing you how to create an elegant effect of tone on tone with stencils and embossing paste. I used white on white, but if you wanted to you could use reinkers to color the paste a color of your choice and coordinate with matching card stock. The color choice for this card was based on this image:


I love the warmth of brown and white together.

For the stencil, I used the Subway Letters stencil and made sure to tape the corners well so it would not move. Then I applied embossing paste liberally. I let it sit for a few hours and then trimmed it down. Here you can see how beautiful the tone on tone look can be!


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

For the tags I layered 3 together using the following formula:

  1. A coordinating patterned paper
  2. A piece of burlap (or you could use an embossing folder, fabric, or anything with texture)
  3. The sentiment label (I used Scattering Leaves stamped in gold and a sentiment from Bird and Branch Christmas stamped in brown.)


Wrap the stencil in twine like a present and attach the tags. I curled the ends of this stiff twine with a pencil to give it a finished look.


Thank you for stopping by and taking a look! I really appreciate you taking the time to visit.


Brown Bark Dye Ink (AF245) Scattering Leaves (CG625) Bird & Branch Christmas (CL801) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Subway Letters Stencil (SA033)

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A “Little” Something + a kid-friendly tutorial!

September 5th, 2014 by libby

Hi, it’s Libby here today, and just like Tami and Sally yesterday, today’s post is a collaborative effort. But I didn’t team up with one of the amazing Hero Arts designers. Nope, I had fun playing with my daughter, Courtney! She is my little budding artist, she absolutely loves getting creative with all of my supplies. And one of the Hero Arts products she loves most are the sweet little Ink ‘n’ Stamp tubs! These sets are fantastic for kids - each one has fun theme, like “Fairy Princess” or “Pirate” or “Animal Prints“, and contains a little inker and eighteen woodblock stamps. The favorite tub in our house is the Sea Life set! But of course, these cute little stamps aren’t just for kids - I love to play with them, too!

Before I get to Courtney’s project, I wanted to share an idea for using these little stamps. I created three inch square notes to tuck into my kids’ lunchboxes. They both love ocean animals! I combined the Sea Life stamps with some perfect sentiments from other Hero Arts sets - OWH Lil Hoot (an awesome set for making cards for kids!) and the pretty Butterfly set.  I kept these very simple - they came together quickly, so I could make a nice little stash to keep in the kitchen cupboard. I think my kids will love the surprise!


Now on to Courtney’s project! We decided to try an oldie but goodie technique that kids LOVE! Do you remember the shaving cream technique? Courtney thought it was absolutely magical! We thought it was a fun way to create a background perfect for an “under the sea” scene.

To begin, Courtney put some white foam shaving cream on a paper plate. Using the back of a plastic knife, she spread it out smooth (sort of!) then added dots of ink. In the past when I tried this technique, I used reinkers. I didn’t have any on hand this time, so we tried opening up some Sprays and flicking that ink into the shaving cream!


Courtney used Pool and Green Hills spray inks.


Next, the ink drops were swirled around using the knife. Or a toothpick, a skewer, the end of a paintbrush - any of these would also work just fine.


A trimmed piece of paper was then placed into the shaving cream, and gently pressed down.


After carefully picking the paper back up, the excess shaving cream was scraped off of the paper using the back of the knife. A paper towel was used to clean off the rest.


Voila! A really fun background! She was so happy with the result.


After the paper was dry (I hit it with my heat tool), Courtney went to town with the Sea Life tub.


She was thrilled that she got to use mom’s Prismacolors instead of her own Crayolas. :-)


And her finished card! She loved this technique, and plans to give this very special, handmade card to a friend at her birthday party this weekend. I think she’s catching the rubber stamping bug. Needless to say, I’m thrilled!


I hope you enjoyed this blast from the past technique, and the peek at these fun Ink ‘n’ Stamp tubs. What are some of your favorite oldie but goodie, kid-friendly techniques? I need to think of something for Courtney’s next stamping lesson. :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Foliage Mixed Accents (CH212) Pool Mixed Accents (CH283) Butterfly (CL750) OWH Lil Hoot (CL755) Ranger Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Glue (GW216)
Ink 'n' Stamp® Sea Life (LL389) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Mid-Tone Pool Spray (WM110) Mid-Tone Green Hills Spray (WM111)

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