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O’Dauber Go Green

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Top o’ the morning to you! It’s Sally here today. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and I think it’s way too much fun to let it slip by without making a card! So I let loose with my daubers! I gathered all of the shades of  green I have and went wild. This is a quick and easy technique - I just randomly sketched a giant shamrock with each dauber, layering the color. Once it was completely dry, I sketched “hearts” for each leaf of the shamrock with a wide Sharpie, as well as the stem. The message is from CL498 Celebrate Everyday - a perfect set of messages that covers many holidays. Jazz up the card with some glitter and you are good to go!

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

A quick reminder before I go - if you haven’t played along with our Birthday Challenge, do it now! The contest ends tomorrow, March 15. There are five categories to choose from, and a $30 shopping spree available to the winner of each category. Join the fun!

Happy Green Day everyone!!

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Neon Green Ink Dauber (AD004) Field Greens Ink Dauber (AD009) Green Hills Ink Dauber (AD016) Lime Green Dauber (AD024) Pastel Green Dauber (AD029) Neon Chartreuse Dauber (AD034)
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Stamping fun ahead

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Smile…it’s Friday! :)

We have three fun events to let you know about today.

First, we’re so excited to be a part of this next Thursday…

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Hero Arts & BasicGrey designers will be coming together for one inspiration-filled day of blog hopping. We’ve been playing with the gorgeous Spice Market collection and can’t wait to share!! We hope you’ll join in the fun — and enter to win some fantastic giveaways too!

Next, we wanted to share two upcoming Make ‘n Take opportunities for our creative friends in the Pacific Northwest:

  • Emily Cates/MILLSREPCO will be hosting a Hero Arts - Operation Write Home Make ‘n Take on Saturday, March 15th from noon until 2 pm at Impress in Tukwila, Washington. (206-824-1174) Attendees will make a fabulous card using the new Hero Arts - Operation Write Home stamps and there will be oodles of door prizes. All customers will receive 10% off Hero Arts and customers spending $50 or more on Hero Arts products will receive a free gift. A little birdie told us Sandy Allnock of Operation Write Home will also be making an appearance!

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  • Emily Cates/MILLSREPCO will also be hosting a Hero Arts Make ‘n Take on Saturday, March 22nd from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Artco Crafts & Frames in Tacoma. (253.759.9585) There will be many door prizes, and all customers will receive 10% off Hero Arts special orders. Customers spending $50 or more on Hero Arts products will receive a free gift too. Be sure to join in the fun during this Northwest Paper Chase promotion! Take a peek at the awesome card you can create using one of our new chalkboard stamps…

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Have a great weekend, everyone! Will you be doing any crafting or stamping?

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Sharing the Love

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! Today is all about LOVE, and we at Hero Arts are most certainly feeling the love…

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Pictured above is a bundle of kindness, straight from the hands and hearts of our dear Hero Hostesses. During the Hero Hostess Blog Hop in January, they hatched a plan to send thank you cards to the entire Hero Arts team. Yes, every single employee. How amazing is that!? These beautiful cards made their way to Richmond and were distributed last week. It was truly a wonderful moment — smiles were evident all around, and each card made a huge impact.

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So on this day of love, we would like to send our love and appreciation to the Hostesses for this joyous gift. Your cards and notes mean so much. Heartfelt thanks to all of you from all of us. ♥

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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Stenciled Giveaway!

Friday, January 10th, 2014

There’s no doubt about it — we love stencils! And we were super excited to hear about the new class on the horizon over at Online Card Classes called Stenciled. Check it out…

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Stencils are very popular in the crafting world right now and there are SO many fun ways to use them! Join us for a cardmaking class focused on using stencils creatively. Stenciled is overflowing with stencil-love inspiration and features some Hero Arts products!

In Stenciled, an all-new, all-video, mini class from Online Card Classes, you’ll learn over sixteen exciting techniques for this inexpensive and popular tool, including embossing paste, layering, masking, embossing, and more! Class will cover a range of cardmaking styles from our all-star lineup of favorite Online Card Classes instructors - Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Laura Bassen, Shari Carroll, Julie Ebersole and Debby Hughes.

To discover for yourself all the creative possibilities in stencils, head over to Online Card Classes to sign up!

Would you like to win a free seat in class? The generous folks at Online Card Classes are giving away three spots just for the Hero Arts blog readers! Leave a comment on this post by Monday, January 13th at 11:59pm Pacific for a chance to win. We’ll randomly draw THREE lucky winners, to be announced on the blog next week. Good luck!!

Happy weekend,



Large Lotus Pattern (SA001) Tweed Pattern (SA002) Borders (SA003) Irregular Checkerboard Background (SA004) Circle Tree (SA005) Elegant Pine (SA007)
Stylish Borders (SA008) Numbers Background (SA009) Stone Circle Pattern (SA010) Arrows and Messages (SA011) Night Flower (SA012) Weeks and Months (SA013)
Zebra Stripe (SA014) Tile Work (SA015) Bubble Confetti (SA016)

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Rudolph Gift Tags

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Hello, and a very happy Friday. It’s Lucy here, with some Christmas gift tags created with one of my favourite Silhouette cut files - Baby Reindeer. I had a blast creating these tags - and they were so quick to make, you could create enough for all your Christmas gifts in a very short time.

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To make the tags, I used Silhouette Software to resize the reindeer to 4 1/4″ tall. This way I could fit 8 reindeer onto 1 piece of Mocha Layering Paper. Here you can see how I rotated them about to squeeze as many as possible onto one piece of paper.

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This gets you lots more tags for your buck! :)

And here are my reindeer - complete with winter scarves, red noses and wiggle eyes. Some of them I embellished with stamping, mist and glitter. The possibilities are endless. And it would be such a fun project to complete with kids too.

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Find out how to make these tags. Click for full supplies and instructions.

And here is one of my Rudolphs on a gift… I used a Glue Dot on the scarf to hold him in place - this way I can write the recipient’s name on the back of the tag.

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But I could not stop there… I could not quite resist adding one of my reindeer to a card. :)

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That’s all - what a lot of pictures!

Before I go - just a quick reminder that our Holiday Challenge ends in just a few days. You have until December 1st to add your card to our Inlinkz collection here on the challenge page. Looks like we already have a LOT of fabulous entries!!! Be sure to add yours too and you could win one of four $50 Hero Arts shopping sprees! Yay! Find out all the details, including the categories, here.

I hope you have a very happy weekend,

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Mocha Layering Paper (PS607) Cup O' Joe Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF214) Tiny Ink Spots (S5637) Merry Christmas Message (CL722) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Red Sparkle Gems (CH159)

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A Krafty Christmas with Social Club

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Here at Hero Arts we love kraft cardstock. It looks good with any color and works for any occasion. So today we thought we’d take a look at some Christmas projects that feature kraft card as a key part of the design. We turned to our talented and willing Flickr friends to see what we could find…

First, how about this simple stamped beauty by laurelbeard1975. We love the way she has embellished our Vertical Arrows stamp with Christmasy colored sequins and white pen accents, both of which look fab on the simple kraft background. So elegant and stylish.

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Next, a FABULOUS Christmas decoration by Heather Maria D. We think our Gingerbread Wishes man looks good enough to eat when stamped on kraft! Wouldn’t this be a fun addition to any Christmas door or mantelpiece?

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And finally, we love the non-traditional sentiment from Heartfelt Messages that thingie-wingie has used on her sparkly and pretty Christmas card. It has certainly reminded us to look at our sentiment stamps in an out-of-the-box way!

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Ladies - your krafty creations are just stunning. Thank you for the inspiration. As a reward, we would like to send the three of you our Tree-Mendous Digikit. Try printing these trees on kraft - they look great!

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Winners, please send an email to winner@heroarts.com and we will email you your digikit.

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And just before we go, don’t forget that our current challenge is well underway. We are looking for holiday creations that feature Hero Arts embellishments, Neon inks or your favorite techniques. The choice is yours! You can find all the details and upload your entry here on the challenge page. We look forward to seeing what you create!

Back again soon!

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Three Trees Giveaway

Friday, October 18th, 2013

It feels like a good day for a giveaway! And what do you say we make it a “tree-o” by giving away THREE fabulous tree-themed products?

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Up for grabs is the Circle Tree Stencil, Shari’s Tree No.3, and Winter Trees.

Would you like to add these goodies to your collection? Simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, October 20th and we’ll select one winner at random, to be announced on the blog next week.

A quick reminder before we go — a new contest has begun! Check HERE for all the inky details and find out how you could win one of four $50 Hero Arts shopping sprees!

Have a “tree-mendous” weekend,

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Social Club bids farewell to Summer…

Friday, October 4th, 2013

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Hello, and welcome to Social Club. Those of us living in the Northern hemisphere are currently bidding farewell to the summer and welcoming autumn - it’s time to dig out the winter woolens, find the rubber boots and make some hot chocolate. So today we thought we’d say a proper goodbye to the summer sun by showcasing some beautiful cards from our Flickr friends that celebrate the beauty of summer flowers.

Our first card today is by llwillson1. We adore the way she has stamped our Garden Bouquet with watercolors, and her use of white space draws the eye perfectly to the stunning floral focal point.

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Next, barbghig with her pretty-in-pink ‘Thinking of You’ card. Our Hand Drawn Small Flower has been stamped on vellum which adds such a soft and elegant feel, a perfect match to the sentiment.

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And finally, paperpicnic (Jayne), with this elegant and inky creation. We think our Dogwood is the perfect match to the stamp from our Best Mom Ever set - after all, what mother doesn’t love a beautiful floral creation?

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Ladies - your cards are wonderful, and we’d like to thank you for sharing them with us by rewarding you with one of our brand new digikits - Chalkboard Christmas. Time to get ready for the next season now! :)

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Winners, please send an email to winner@heroarts.com and we will email you your digikit.

Social Club will be back soon, and until then we wish you happy and inky fun!

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Junior De Artist

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Happy Friday! Today we’re excited to share another wonderful store with you. This time we’re going on an international trip, visiting Junior De Artist in Singapore! The store’s owner, Mr. Freddy Yip, has been a longtime friend of Hero Arts. Here’s some information from Christin, a member of the Junior De Artist team:

I’m Christin as part of Junior De Artist Team along with Wendy, Agnes and Normah who are our in-house instructors. Our in-house instructors conduct workshops almost every day in our store. Wonderful displays of their craft works can be found in store. More information on our workshops can be found on the Junior De Artist website.

We are a small, humble craft store based in a small country, Singapore, and we are proud to be a Hero Arts exclusive distributor. We have been actively involved in Hero Arts programs & promotions. We’re always active in organizing our Hero Arts Preview Party every year without fail, just to bring more people closer to Hero Arts.

Junior de Artist is conceptualised and established by founder, Freddy Yip in year 2000. This year will be our 13th year and we are so excited! Over the years, Junior de Artist matured from original concept of “something for the little ones” to something for everyone carrying products for people of all ages and from walks of life. JDA carries a large range of craft products all over the world to meet the needs of crafters!

The Junior De Artist team shared a few wonderful cards with us today, featuring lots of product from the Stamp Your Story catalog.

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Card by Agnes Tan. Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

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Card by Wendy Wong. Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

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Card by Wendy Wong. Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

Thank you, Agnes and Wendy, for sharing your art with us today! And now here’s a peek at Junior de Artist - it looks like such wonderful store to visit!

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You can also visit the Junior De Artist website, or like them on Facebook!

Have a wonderful weekend,

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Large Lotus Pattern (SA001) Letters (AC025) Painted Circle (E5784) My Favorite (AC030) Pale Tomato Ink Dauber (AD007) Butter Cup Ink Dauber (AD008)
Tide Pool Ink Dauber (AD010) Pale Tomato Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF233) Charcoal Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF236) Wet Cement Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF213) Forever Green (AF229) Friend Definition (CG125)
Hello Bubble (D5732) Art Flowers Spring (CH151) Art Flowers White and Cream (CH165) Smooth Clear Gemstones (CH153) Cream Watercolor Paper (PS625)


Texture and Shape (LP283) Remember (AC028) Cornflower Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF235) Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF234) Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209) Eggshell Layering Paper (PS609)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Azure Layering Paper (PS604)

Painted Circle (E5784) You're Always in My Heart (OWH) (LP279) Brush Strokes (AC026) Circles (CL674) Eggshell Layering Paper (PS609) Cornflower Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF235)
Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF234) Soft Blossom Shadow Ink (AF147)

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Caption Fun.

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Hello. It’s Lucy here today with some great news about the Hero Arts digital lines. Did you know that we are launching a new line of digital products, available to download right here in our own shop. Not only will we be bringing back some old classics, like the Caption Art kit I used on today’s card, but we will have brand new offerings each month too! Such fun!

So, today I have a card to share that features the Caption Art kit. It was actually inspired by the fun preview of the kit - all those cute speech bubbles side by side got me thinking…

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Find out how to make this card. Click here for full supplies and instructions.

I just love finding inspiration in product packaging.

That’s all for today, I hope you have a great weekend.

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Classic Messages (CL414) Black Ink Pad (AF101)

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