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Color Makes me Happy!

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Hi everyone!!! Welcome back to the blog. I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day holiday, I sure did. I’m here today with another NEON project (shocking I know)… this time I had a play with the daubers. These things are soooo fun!!!

I created a journal page stating what color does for me.


I LOVE the new Letters… simple, fun, great size and you can color them in!!!

I stamped the paint stroke images using the daubers and a mist of water.


All the instructions and supplies can be found HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today… now get out there and stamp your story! :o)


Letters (AC025) Brush Strokes (AC026) Neon Pink Ink Dauber (AD001) Neon Orange Ink Dauber (AD002) Neon Yellow Ink Dauber (AD003) India Ink Black Ink Pad (AF248)

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Happy Mother’s Day and Final Sneak Peek!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Hi there! It’s Lisa here with you today, and I have a Mother’s Day card to share with you plus a final sneak peek before our BIG reveal tomorrow! So let’s get right to it!

First up, the card! Did you happen to see the home page this month?


Well, I made the Mother’s Day card using the tea pot  in the background as my inspiration. I was thinking about my Grandma and how we always used to drink tea together in the evenings and talk about the day. Such a great way to relax and unwind. Now my husband Jason and I carry on the tradition. Do any of you do that?

Here’s a closeup so that you can see it better:


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

I wanted to keep the card clean and simple to focus on the Painted Flower, which just happens to be our Stamp of the Week, so I inked it with Distress Markers, adding black to the center. Then I misted it with water and stamped it. A few black pearls added to the flower center and two more on the card and I was done! Love this flower so much, it makes creating cards so easy.


Do you love the Painted Flower as much as I do? Well then, pick one up for 25% off right HERE in the Hero Arts Online Store!  Mother’s Day is just around the corner, do you have your cards done yet? If not then this stamp just might be your answer! :)

And now for our last big sneak peek before our big worldwide reveal tomorrow!


What could it be hidden in the peek? A new stamp or two, perhaps? Wink! I can hardly wait until you see the catalog tomorrow! Will be so great to be able to share what we’ve been working on for months now. See you then!

Thanks so much for joining me today,


Painted Flower (K5767) Midnight Black Accent Pearls (CH172) Dual-Tip Markers Foliage (MW018) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Dual-Tip Markers Sunshine (MW017)
Celebrate Everyday (CL498) Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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Hey Girl

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Calling all gal pals… and I have a LOT of them! If you ever need a cute little card for a favorite BFF, here’s an idea for you! To create my custom message, I used my FAVORITE new alphabet set - Large Vintage Alphabet. Here’s a little hint when using alphabet stamps - start backwards, with the Y and L in this case. It can really help you with the spacing, to make sure it all fits! I freehanded a fun little dress shape out of paper - the polka dots were created with the little dot stamp in that same Large Vintage Alphabet set! You have to always keep your eyes open for unexpected ways to use your stamps, don’t you agree?! :-) I love alphabet stamps because I can stamp any appropriate greeting, depending on if I need birthday, thank you, what’s up, etc. They are so versatile!


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

And guess what? Yup, you probably saw this coming - Large Vintage Alphabet is our Stamp of the Week!! This week only, get this super useful and super FUN set for 25% off, over in the Hero Arts Online Store!


Before I go, I have a photo to share with you! This past weekend our very own Shari taught a class at The Collins Group Spring 2013 Education & Trade Show in Framingham, Massachusetts. Shari’s class featured some of our brand new stamps from the upcoming Stamp Your Story catalog. These ladies were the very first to see and use these products - and they loved them! We can’t wait for you to fall in love with them too - the catalog will be released on May 1! Stay tuned!


Thanks for stopping by,


Large Vintage Alphabet (Set of 2) (CL689) Charcoal Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF236) Wet Cement Notecards (PS690) Bowties Paper Pad (PS719) Iris Layering Paper (PS593) Raspberry Jam (AF228)
Art Flowers White and Cream (CH165) Art Flowers Spring (CH151) Teal Gemstones (CH129) Pink Gemstones (CH127)

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So vintage!

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Heya! It’s Lisa here, and I am happy to share some good news: the BasicGrey Hipster and Mint Julep collections are HERE! To me, these two collections are kinda like walking into a thrift shop filled with all my favorite things: polaroid cameras, vintage prints, sweet deer, and even a bike. Oh yeah!



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

Here’s a tag card that I whipped up using the big tag stamp in in the Tag Collage set. This set is also our Stamp of the Week, so if you’re thinking about getting it, now’s your chance to snap it up for 25% off.

This tag really is BIG — it’s the same height as a regular notecard! It’s a little narrower though, but that’s a-okay.

I was on the same wavelength as Kandis, who also made a horizontal tag card with the same stamp yesterday! (Check it out HERE if you haven’t seen it yet! It’s quite a stunner.) We both stamped on kraft with white ink — too funny! I stamped mine twice tho, once with the new BasicGrey Tiny Flower Clusters background in white and again with the tag in navy. Love how it turned out.

And I gotta say, I love this polaroid camera, too! I couldn’t resist adding some glitter to the flash and a BasicGrey enamel dot to the lens. So fun. Here’s a closeup so you can see it better:


I finished the tag off with some of the yummy papers from the Mint Julep 6×6 pad (LOVE!) and white paint that just I happened to have on my desk from some other upcoming projects that you’ll see soon…if you’ve been following along with our Friday sneak peeks then you have a few clues as to what I’m talking about. Hint hint! (I know, I’m such a tease, right?!?)

Thanks so much for joining me today,


Tag Collage (AC024) Mint Julep Paper Pad (PS720) Tiny Flower Clusters (CG607) You Are Hip (CL679) Awesome (CL680) Cheese! (CL681)
Kraft Paper (PS627) Pale Tomato Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF233) Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF234) Brown Bark Dye Ink (AF245) Silver Stickles Glitter Glue (GW215) Colorbox White Frost Ink Pad (MS210)

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Happy Mother’s Day

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Today I’m sharing this Mother’s Day card for a very special person. She has been my (and my husband’s) Mom by friendship for over 40 years. To create her card, I used our current Stamp of the Week, Celebrate Everyday, along with the Etched Daisy stamp and the tag and leaves from Tag Collage. The leafy vine was stamped directly onto Foliage Designer Papers - I just love how a little stamping changes the whole look of printed paper!


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

I hope this inspired you to go out and make someone a Mother’s Day card… even if it’s not your Mom. And if you need this perfect greeting, as well as other messages you will use throughout the year, check out of Stamp of the Week! This week only, Celebrate Everyday is 25% off in the Hero Arts Online Store!


Thanks for stopping by!


Celebrate Everyday (CL498) Tag Collage (AC024) Etched Daisy (F5741) Foliage Designer Papers (PS631) Chalk Ink: Grass (AF182) Kneehighs Paper Pad (PS718)
Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Dual-Tip Markers Blush (MW016) Dual-Tip Markers Sunshine (MW017) Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Daffodil Layering Paper (PS600)
Black Ink Pad (AF101) Ranger Diamond Stickles™ Glitter Glue (GW216)

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From Me To You

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Hello there! Today I have a quick little card to share that I made with our Stamp of the Week set, Thank You.


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

It came together super fast, thanks to papers from the Studio Calico Sundrifter and Darling Dear 6×6 pads. The only tricky bit? I went around the edges with a Distress marker, then used a water brush to blend it. Here’s a closeup so you can see it better:


Now, want to get your hands on the Thank You set? Well, this week only it’s 25% off right HERE in the Hero Arts Online Store. Happy shopping! :)


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Lisa's signature

Thank You (LP253) Darling Sentiments (331371) Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF234) Charcoal Layering Paper (PS692) SC SUNDRIFTER PAPER PAD 6X6 (PS722) Darling Dear (PS725)
Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Sundrifter Frame & Feathers (331480)

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Whimsical Flourishes

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Hello, hello! It’s Julie here to share a sweet friendship card. I’ve always been intrigued by flourishes because they can be easily adapted, depending on the look you’re trying to achieve! As I was playing with the Flourish Fancy Dies, I decided to go for a whimsical look, but you could very easily create an elegant card with these beautiful dies!


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

I used the die to create a mask and then sponged color over the top, creating a soft, floaty effect. It makes me think of a warm spring breeze, unfurling across the sky…


To further enhance that wafty, airy feeling I loosely traced the flourish shape with a glue pen and sprinkled on some Prisma glitter!

The Flourish Fancy Dies set I used is the featured product this week, which means now through Sunday, you can get it for 25% off in the Hero Arts Online Store.


Thanks for joining me today and I hope this use of the die sparks some ideas for adding a fun flourish to your next project!

Flourish (DI077) Sundrifter Love This (331479) Soft Pool Shadow Ink (AF146) Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Sunsine Mixed Layering Paper (PS621)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200) Ultra Fine Prisma Glitter (PG104)

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Trendy Triangles + Giveaway Winner

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Hello, Tami here! One of this month’s challenge topics is hello cards so today I thought I’d challenge myself to create a hello card using our Stamp of the Week, Darling Sentiments. Along with the many fun messages in the set, what really grabbed my attention was the row of outline triangles. So many ways you can use them!


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

I started stamping varying rows of triangles with Orange Soda and Pale Tomato inks, then stamped a handful of extra triangles in a contrasting  color and placed them in random spots with foam squares (cut in half.) Tiny clear gems top them off. Here’s a closer look at the dimension…


As I mentioned, the Studio Calico Darling Sentiments set is our Stamp of the Week, so you can get it for 25% off this week only in the Hero Arts Online Store!


And one more thing before I go! It’s time to announce the lucky winner of Friday’s stamp + ink giveaway. Our randomly chosen winner is…

  • #502 - Kathy Marie (March 16th, 2013 at 4:58 am)

Congratulations, Kathy Marie! Please contact us at the winner’s email address located in the sidebar to claim your prize. We hope you enjoy your new goodies!

Thanks for joining me today…hope you all have a great Tuesday!

Darling Sentiments (331371) Chalk Ink: Splash (AF215) Pale Tomato Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF233) Orange Soda (AF224) Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF234) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Poppy Layering Paper (PS599) Tide Layering Paper (PS654) Clear Gemstones (CH181)

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My Favorite

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Kandis is joining us today with a happy scrapbook page and a great way to get more from your stamps: just use parts of images! We love love LOVE how she used the top portion only of the This Is My Favorite stamp to hold the journaling about Coop — it’s just brilliant!

We love the rest of the page too, from the “January 2013″ created with the Studio Calico Snippets Months stamp set,  to her use of  the Butterfly Die, to the Snippets 6×6 patterned paper pack. We really do love it ALL!


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

Want to try your hand at partially stamping This Is My Favorite like Kandis did here? Or try using the fabulous butterflies that are on it? Or *even* use the whole stamp at once to make a clean and simple card? Well then you’re in luck, because it’s our Stamp of the Week! Save 25% on it, right HERE!


Thanks for stopping by today!


This is My Favorite (S5774) Vintage Alphabet (CL688) Snippets Months (331485) Butterfly (DI078) SC SNIPPETS PAPER PAD 6X6 (PS724) Powder Layering Paper (PS606)
Charcoal Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF236) Ruby Ink Pad (AF150) Dual-Tip Markers Earth (MW020) Small Accent Pearl (CH136) Medium Accent Pearl (CH137)

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It’s the little things.

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Hi! It’s Tami here today with a soft and Springy “hello” card featuring this month’s color challenge and a small stamp from our Stamp of the Week. I absolutely love what Kelly created with this same set yesterday, and thought it would be fun to show another take on it.

Instead of using the main stamps from the set, I picked one of the small images — the sweet little butterfly. It may not be the star of the set, but it can hold its own when paired with some grid stamping and pretty ink colors!


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

This grid stamping technique is one you can turn to again and again. Grab any small stamp, pick your ink colors, leave a little space for a message, and stamp away! For this card I used Soft Sky, Soft Green and Soft Purple Shadow Inks, but how about various shades of green paired with shamrocks? Pastels and snowflakes? Brights with tropical flowers? Lots of options!

Oh and I can’t resist mentioning the itty bitty and oh so cute “hello there” greeting. It comes from the Studio Calico Sundrifter Love This set. When you need a smaller sized message this set fits the bill! Love it.

I encourage you to give those small, often overlooked stamps a chance to shine. Take time to enjoy the little things and have a wonderful day! :)

Friend Collage (AC022) Oh Snap (331234) Sundrifter Love This (331479) Soft Sky Shadow Ink (AF244) Soft Green Shadow Ink (AF142) Soft Purple Shadow Ink (AF167)
Charcoal Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF236) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Medium Accent Pearl (CH137)

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