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Nutcracker Joy

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Hi, it’s Libby here today and I’m sharing a new Nutcracker set that you can find at Paper Source stores and in their online store.

I absolutely love nutcrackers, and I love The Nutcracker ballet. So this set is right up my alley!


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

I combined a colored and trimmed nutcracker with a Snowflake die-cut coated in glitter.


The set also includes images of Clara, the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy. I’ll definitely be using the entire set on a scrapbook page documenting my annual trip to see The Nutcracker with my daughter soon!


Thanks for stopping by today,


Tide Pool (AF223) Earth Mixed Accents (CH214) Peace Poinsettias (CL796) Stamp & Cuts® Fancy Cuts Holidays (DC117) Snowflake (DI064) Nutcracker (LP374)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640)

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Organization Ideas: Kelly’s Craft Room Part 4

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Happy Friday, everyone! Over the past few months I’ve been sharing some peeks into my craft room and the way I organize my supplies. (Here is Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.) And today I’ve got a few more organization ideas to share including the big one — stamps!

Kelly Rasmussen Stamp Drawer

I store all the clear stamps I have in this deep, divided drawer. Two months ago this drawer was overflowing with stamps and had no organization whatsoever. I desperately needed to downsize my stamps and organize them into categories. After clearing out over half of the stamps that I probably would never use again, I am now left with extra room to grow!

Kelly Rasmussen Clear Stamp Storage 1

Kelly Rasmussen Clear Stamp Storage 2

I’ve always loved Jennifer’s pocket stamp storage method, so I decided to try it out. The stamp pockets are from Avery Elle and I made the dividers from laminated pocket folders.

Since I cleared out so many clear stamps, I had room to move my woodblock background stamps to this drawer, too.


On the other side of my desk I have a unit with four shallow drawers where I store my inks that I have previously shared. These drawers are also great for woodblock stamps. I love that I can see at a glance what I have and I could even double up and do two layers of stamps if I need to down the road.

Kelly Rasmussen Wood Stamps 1

And this drawer below holds more wood stamps…mostly bigger ones that can easily be stacked up similar to the background stamps.

Kelly Rasmussen Wood Stamps 2

Next up, I wanted to share about a container that I think is wonderful for so many things! I have these all over my house and use them for several things in my craft room.

This clear storage bin is only $1.00 and can be found almost anywhere (Target, Walmart, Dollar Store, etc.). It is the perfect size to hold 6×6 paper pads. It’s easy to grab off my shelf to flip though and I am able to fit 25-30 6×6 pads stored in just one container.

Kelly Rasmussen 6x6 Paper Storage

I also have my Hero Arts notecards and envelopes organized in these containers. Again, a perfect fit!

Kelly Rasmussen Notecards + Envelopes 1

Kelly Rasmussen Notecards + Envelopes 2

I love that this container is a very affordable option for anyone and works great for a variety of supplies!

Thanks for joining me today!


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Sending Love

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Hello and happy Friday! One of the things I like to do when I get any new holiday stamps and supplies is see how they can be repurposed to create non holiday projects. When I first saw the Under the Mistletoe stamp set, I saw flower petals… specifically rudbeckia daisies which grow in abundance in my garden…


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Aren’t they gorgeous? So I challenged myself to create a rudbeckia themed non holiday card using just the Under the Mistletoe stamp set. I love the fact that this set comes with this all occasion ‘Sending Love’ sentiment - it was just the perfect accompaniment for my flower.


I added some Gold Shimmer Spray to my tag for a bit of extra interest. It adds a lovely subtle shimmer.


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

I hope I have inspired you to take a look at your holiday supplies and see how you can use them all year round. It’s such a great way to get more for your money.

Have a great day,


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Neutral Mixed Accents (CH215) Under the Mistletoe (CL797) Long and Cute Tags (DI046) Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624)
Gold Shimmer Spray (WM116)

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Autumn Leaf Shaker Card

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Hello. It’s Lucy here today with a Autumnal shaker card that I created with some digital cut files for the Silhouette. Shaker cards are so much fun to make and much easier than they seem, and Hero Arts Silhouette cut files make them even easier. For my card today, I took two different cut files - Fall Leaves and Script Thanks - and merged them together to create a custom design. I love this feature!


I filled my shaker window with lots and lots of sequins in various Autumn shades. It looks so pretty when it catches the light.


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

Hero Arts have a library of nearly 2500 Silhouette cut files - there are so many different shapes and patterns to choose from, many of which would be perfect for shaker cards. Head over to the Silhouette online store to take a look.

Have a great day,


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Organization Ideas: Kelly’s Craft Room Part 3

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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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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Organization Ideas: Libby’s Woodblock Shelves

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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Hi everyone! I’m hijacking Kelly’s fabulous organization series to share one thing I love about my own craft room. (You can see Kelly’s previous posts HERE and HERE.) I love woodblock stamps - as much as I also love clear and cling stamps, woodblock will always be my favorite. I love the feel of the stamp in my hand, and I also love how they look on a shelf. But like many of you, I’ve struggled to figure out where to put them all. With some help from my father-in-law, I turned an unused, wasted corner of my craft room into a useful space for woodblock storage!


My room is located in our walk-out basement. The shape of the room is a bit odd, and when I finished putting up my bookcase and a unit to separate my half of the space from the kids’ playroom, I had this corner that wasn’t really suited for much of anything. Except… narrow shelves for woodblock storage!


When I had the idea to put some sort of storage in that space, I took my little helpers with me to the hardware store (in this case, Home Depot) to figure out what might work for building shelves.


This corner moulding was the perfect solution for my space! Since it’s essentially a right angle, there was a portion to mount to the wall and a portion to use as a shelf. I brought a stamp along with me to make sure it would fit, and it did, perfectly.


The moulding comes in long, eight-foot pieces, which were then cut to fit my space. Thankfully my father-in-law is handy, so I put him to work the next time he visited. But if you don’t like to saw things, or you don’t have a visiting father-in-law :), the hardware store will likely be happy to cut them to your specifications, for free. Also, I didn’t mind these being permanently screwed into my space - but I’ll caution you, it does create a lot of holes in the wall! My father-in-law did the difficult work of mounting them straight on the wall with screws.


These shelves are really simple, but I truly love them! I’m thrilled that in my case it put a wasted corner to good use, and I love being able to see them all when I’m working. I’m hoping this will give some of you an idea for your own space!

Thanks for stopping by today,


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One Layer Watercoloring

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Hello! It’s Lucy here today with a simple watercolored card that fits in with our current one layer challenge. One layer cards are hard for me; I just love to add more and more paper! Sticking to a single sheet was pretty tough going… but once I’d decided to try out some watercoloring, I actually found it pretty easy. I chose to work with a butterfly stamp from the Three Artistic Butterflies set, then added a simple sentiment from the Art of the Card Forever set. I embossed both with clear embossing powder before adding the watercolor.


To add a little more detail and texture, I flicked the final piece with some softly shiny mist then added Rock Candy Stickles to the butterflies.


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

Have you had a chance to create something for the One Layer Challenge yet? The deadline for entries is fast approaching. You have until Sunday 10th August to upload your projects to our contest page and be in with a chance of winning a $30 Hero Arts shopping spree. I hope you get a chance to play along!

Have a happy day,


Forever (AC037) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Ranger Rocky Candy Distress Stickles (GW219) Three Artistic Butterflies (LP215) Watercolor Wheel (PD101) Snow Folded Cards (PS566)
Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104) Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Watercolor Background with Spray Inks

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Hi! It’s Jennifer here today. I don’t know about you but I am LOVING summer! The long days…the sunshine…the kids home…I just love it all.

However! It’s time to think about Christmas! Hero Arts has some great new holiday products that I know you will love. Today I used one of the new stamps for a very quick “watercolor” card. You will be amazed how easy it is!

(If you are having problems viewing this video, please try watching it HERE on YouTube.)

Merry Christmas Tree by Jennifer McGuire 1

Merry Christmas Tree by Jennifer McGuire 2

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

I love the shimmer that the silver and gold mists offer. Perfect for the holidays!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy summer!


Soft Pool Shadow Ink (AF146) Tide Pool (AF223) Silver Shadow Ink (AF257) Snowflakes (CL562) Merry Christmas Tree (K5948) Midnight Mixed Folded Cards (PS698)
Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250) Mid-Tone Pool Spray (WM110) Mid-Tone Green Hills Spray (WM111) Silver Shimmer Spray (WM117)

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Organization Ideas: Kelly’s Craft Room Part 2

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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Hi there! It’s Kelly here and I’m back with my second organization post and today it’s all about inks! If you missed my first post with a peek at my craft room you can check it out here.

One of my biggest struggles in the past with ink storage was having to stack too many ink pads on top of each other. It was a pain to try and find the color I was looking for and was not very functional. So I was thrilled when I found this storage unit with shallow drawers that are perfect for storing inks.


I have two drawers that hold all my inks. The drawers are deep enough that I could stack three ink pads on top of each other, but most of them are only stacked two high.


On the right side of this drawer I have my most used black inks and Versamark Ink. They are within an arms lenth when I’m sitting at my desk, so after I use them they go right back in the drawer and I can keep my desktop free of clutter. In the middle section are some miscellaneous inks and my Memento Luxe Pigment inks. And on the left I have my washi tapes and a storage bin that holds sequins. If my ink collection grows much more, the washi tape and sequins might need to find a new home. ;)


The second drawer might be my most favorite sight in my craft room! Hero Arts Shadow Inks and Distress Inks are by far my most used inks and I love having them spread out and easy to grab. Most of the Distress Inks are in a single layer and the Hero Arts inks are stacked two or three high. I use the inks so much that I have memorized which ink colors are below and they are still quick to grab.


Another ink product that I quickly came to love and needed storage for are Ink Daubers. I found this cute storage box on clearance at Target for only a couple dollars and it’s a perfect fit. My kids also love to use my Daubers, so I like that it is easy to pick up and move to the kitchen, rather than being stored in a drawer.


On top of one of my desks I have a shallow shelf unit that holds my spray inks and small bottles of glitter glue and enamel accents. It also holds a couple of small bowls for water or small pieces that I don’t want to get lost on my desk while making a card.

On the left side of the photo you can also see that I have a hook on the side of the cabinet for my ink swatch ring. I have been using this system for almost two years and I still love it!


I like that is is compact and easy to grab. I can quickly flip though all the colors and compare them next to each other without even having to remove them from the ring. Each tag is labeled on the back with the brand, color and type of ink (dye, pigment, shadow, etc). I highly recommend this system if you are looking for a cheap and functional way to catalog your ink colors.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you back here soon with more organizational ideas!


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Kids Week Day 4 - Beach Tote

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

It’s our last day with Lexi and Morgan! It sure was nice having them around, and watching how their creative minds work. We love this last project, and think you will too!

For our last blog, Lexi and I will be talking about how to decorate a bag! For this project, we used a typical white beach bag that you can find at craft stores, or we found ours on Amazon. For decoration, we used lots of great Hero Arts stencils and a variety of Sharpies.

To begin, color the handles, inside and outside, and the top lining of the bag in a dark pink, making sure it is even. Then, take the light green and line it around the dark pink.


Then, take the light blue sharpie and the Cloud Pattern Stencil. On the front side of the bag, color in the clouds using the stencil. For uniqueness, change the stencil around after you color in each cloud.


Next, take the light pink and write in big capital letters “BEACH DAY”. (Tip: you might want to sketch it out in a lighter color or in pencil to get the placement/letters right.) Underneath this, use the Stylish Borders stencil. You can choose any of these, but we chose the helix one to the far left. With the same color, fill in the stencil below the words.


Taking the Leaf & Flourish stencil and the dark green sharpie, put the pattern under the previous border, overlapping in the slightest.


Find out how to make this tote bag — click for supplies and instructions.

To finish up, put the Stone Circle Pattern on the bottom of the bag in dark blue. Just like the cloudy stencil, keep moving around the pattern to make it more individual, and to fill the space.


Thank you all for letting us take over the blog! We had a blast! Until next time… stay artsy and creative.

If you want to see more of our work, check out our YouTube Channel, where we post videos about fun DIY’s, highlighting some of Hero Arts’ products!

Thanks so much, girls! We had fun seeing your creations, and we hope you enjoyed your visit to Hero Arts!


Stylish Borders (SA008) Stone Circle Pattern (SA010) Cloudy Stencil (SA018) Leaf & Flourish Stencil (SA026)

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