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World Card Making Day + a giveaway!

Saturday, October 4th, 2014


Hello stampers! Today we are celebrating one of our very favorite holidays on the crafty calendar each year - World Card Making Day! We plan to spend our day getting inky, and we hope you will too! There are so many great places to join the card making party online today, but the best place to start (once you’re done here, of course!) is the Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking blog. We are proud to be one of the many sponsors of their incredible WCMD giveaway!


We also always love to join our friends at Operation Write Home for their WCMD celebration! This year’s theme is “love” - visit their blog and consider creating a card or two to send to our heroes overseas! A few of our fabulous design team members are here today, sharing love-themed cards. First up is Donna, with a beautiful card featuring Written in the Stars!

“It’s easy to send LOVE across the miles using Written in the Stars with its fun constellation images and sentiments. I chose the heart and white embossed it on watercolor paper, then went over it with several watered down Distress inks. The sentiment was double stamped—first with Archival ink, and then white embossed for a “shadow” appearance. As a finishing touch, I added some gems and star sequins.”


Next is a pretty card from Mariana. She used one of our sets which benefits Operation Write Home!

“From start to finish, it’s always fun to create cards for our loved ones. To create the background for my card, I used two different colors of ink daubers (Pale Tomato and White). I simply put a little bit of the ink on an acrylic block, added a little bit of water, and then used a paint brush to splash the ink on the card front.  I love that even though I have diluted the ink a little bit, the colors are still bright and perfect! I also created a cluster of different elements as the focal point using two pretty sets: Year Round Sentiments and Airmail. I like when you can play with layers and dimension!  The final touches were some gems and pearls, as well as some Glossy Accents details.”


And finally, a fun and versatile card from Cheiron. We love how the letters of the message inspired the letters of her background!

“I wanted to make a simple love card that would work for a variety of recipients. This card could be romantic, for a family member, friend or even a kiddo!  The background was made using letters from the Stencil Alphabet (except the “U” of course!). I took a large acrylic block and arranged the letters randomly on it and stamped with Green Hills ink. Then I took a few of the letters off the block and stamped them separately to fill in the pattern. This simple design would be an easy one to recreate…perfect to create a few for friends and family while creating one to send to Operation Write Home!”


And what’s a card making holiday without a giveaway, right? We have a prize pack up for grabs, featuring a few of the supplies our team used today. Just leave a comment by Monday, October 6 at 11:59 PST, and we’ll announce our winner next week.


Happy stamping!


Airmail (331069) Pale Tomato Ink Dauber (AD007) White Ink Dauber (AD017) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Ruby Ink Pad (AF150) Green Hills Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF209)
Soft Granite (AF226) Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) Canvas Stripes (CG196) Assorted Crystal Gemstones (CH117) Light Blue Gemstones (CH125) Light Blue Accent Pearls (CH169)
Clear Gemstones (CH181) Year Round Sentiments (CL582) Stencil Alphabet (CL612) Written in the Stars (CL772) Large Tag (DI058) GLOSSY ACCENTS (GW221)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620) Foliage Mixed Layering Paper (PS622) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop!

Friday, May 23rd, 2014


Hello and welcome to the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop! It’s Libby here today, sharing a card I made featuring our OWH Lil Hoot set! Operation Write Home is a wonderful organization that supports our nation’s armed forces by sending blank handmade cards to “write home” on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them. The idea is to “help heroes keep in touch with home”. Lil Hoot is one of several stamp sets OWH partnered with Hero Arts to create - 25% of the profits of the sale of these sets will be donated to Operation Write Home!


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

The theme of today’s blog hop is red, white & blue! I chose some red & blue papers from an older Studio Calico paper pad (Autumn Press) I had in my stash. The sweet little pair of bears from Lil Hoot are colored with colored pencils. There were several card categories to choose from for the hop - I went with “missing you cards”. I can picture one of our heroes overseas receiving this card, and in turn sending it to his or her own little baby bear he or she is missing back home!

If you’d love to make a bunch of cards to send in to Operation Write Home but don’t know where to get started, check out the OWH card sketches! There are so many card ideas available!  I was inspired by sketch #217 for this card.


And now - how about a little giveaway?? I have a copy of Lil Hoot up for grabs - a perfect set for creating cards that our soldiers would love to send to their families! Just leave me a comment here by Monday night, and we’ll announce the winner next week.


Head over to Operation Write Home and see the full list of blogs to visit! And have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, but also pause to remember the reason for the holiday - our heroes who sacrifice everything for your country.


Black Ink Pad (AF101) OWH Lil Hoot (CL755) Glue Tape (GW222) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Kraft Paper (PS627) Autumn Press Paper Pad (PS652)

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WCMD Bloghop + Giveaway!

Friday, October 4th, 2013


Hooray! Hooray! It’s World Card Making Day! And I’m here hopping along with Operation Write Home for their annual World Card Making Day bloghop! Are you familiar with Operation Write Home? It’s a wonderful organization whose mission is to support our nation’s armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as “AnyHero” cards of gratitude to encourage them. I know someone personally who received OWH cards to use when he was stationed overseas. He’s an old high school friend, and when we reconnected via Facebook and he found out I was a card maker, right away he told me about how special that experience was for him. And it’s people like you and me, sending in our handstamped cards, that keeps OWH ticking!

The theme for this year’s hop is thank you cards. I chose my favorite thank you sentiment from one of our OWH stamps sets - Year Round Sentiments. Another tidbit you may not be aware of - Hero Arts has partnered with Operation Write Home. We have a selection of stamps which benefit Operation Write Home, with 25% of the profits from the sale of these sets donated. You can check them out right here. I created the image panel by adding dauber ink to a trimmed piece of canvas. I love how the dauber ink seeped into the canvas and blended.


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

Operation Write Home also has a whole selection of sketches on their site that can inspire your card making activities! They encouraged us to work with their sketches for this hop - I chose Sketch #144 for my card.


Before I go - a hop is more fun with there are prizes involved, don’t you think? One lucky commenter will win their choice of three of our Operation Write Home stamp sets! Just leave a comment on this post by Sunday, October 6 at midnight, and we’ll announce the winner next week.

Now that you’re excited to make cards to send in to Operation Write Home, be sure to take a look at their guidelines if you’ve never done it before.

Happy World Card Making Day!


Year Round Sentiments (CL582) Three Bikes (LP202) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Daffodil Layering Paper (PS600) Daffodil Folded Cards (PS556) Black Ink Pad (AF101)
Neon Blue Ink Dauber (AD006) Field Greens Ink Dauber (AD009) Wet Cement Ink Dauber (AD012) Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207)

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Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

We hope you’ve been enjoying our Stamp Your Story Blog Hop this weekend! Be sure to visit if you haven’t already, and comment along the way to enter the prize drawing!

It’s National Scrapbooking Day today! We hope you are able to spend a little time creating, whether it be with your photographs, or making cards, or any other projects that make you happy! I am happy be here, sharing a layout with you today. I really wanted to have fun with this layout, using different mediums with stamping. I’m loving the messy look of cards and layouts these days and wanted to try it for myself! I used two fun new sets from the Stamp Your Story catalog - this fun new alphabet set called Letters as well as the gorgeous feather from My Favorite!


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

Since one of my favorite new sets from Stamp Your Story is My Favorite, and because National Scrapbooking Day is even more fun when there are prizes involved, how about a little giveaway?! Just leave a comment and we’ll draw a random winner to receive My Favorite. We’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, May 7.


Have a wonderful weekend!


My Favorite (AC030) Letters (AC025) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Soft Pool Shadow Ink (AF146) Charcoal Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF236)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) SC SUNDRIFTER PAPER PAD 6X6 (PS722)

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World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Saturday, October 6th, 2012


Hello and Happy World Card Making Day!

We are HUGE fans of Operation Write Home and the wonderful work they do to help deployed service members keep in touch with loved ones at home. And we were thrilled when they invited us to be a part of their World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop! The theme of this year’s hop is wintry cards based off of a sketch. And with the holiday season approaching soon, this is a great time to get started on some holiday cards for the troops.

Kelly Rasmussen is here today to share a card based off the sketch below from our October Monthly Contest.



The adorable snowman image from the Hero Arts/Operation Write Home Winter Wishes stamp set was embossed and colored with watercolor paints. And the fun speech bubble comes from the Holiday Conversation set.


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

The snowman is perched on a snowy hill made from white flocking powder — such a fun texture! And speaking of texture, did you notice that awesome embossed chevron pattern on the orange paper? That is one of the new embossing folders from Sizzix/Hero Arts found here.

And now how about a fabulous giveaway to celebrate one of our favorite days of the year!


Be JollyAspen BelieveChevrons Embossing FoldersWinter MoonJoy and Peace

For a chance to win all the products shown above, just leave a comment on this post! And…for a bonus entry, leave us a separate comment with a link to any card you make this weekend! (One card link per person, please.) You have until Sunday, October 7 at midnight Pacific time to enter. The lucky winner will be chosen from all of the comments received and announced on Tuesday. Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by today! We wish you all a happy World Cardmaking Day and a creative weekend!


Winter Wishes (CL647) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Mandarin Layering Paper (PS598) Chevrons (658284) Tide Pool (AF223) Soft Pool Shadow Ink (AF146)
Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104) Pool Folded Cards (PS659) GLOSSY ACCENTS (GW221) Holiday Conversation (CL618)

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Memorial Day Blog Hop with Operation Write Home!

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Hi everyone! Libby here, and I’m honored to be on the blog sharing a card as part of Operation Write Home’s annual Memorial Day blog hop!

Monday is Memorial Day in the USA, a day set aside to remember and honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Personally, I think about my grandma during World War II - two of her brothers went off to serve in the Pacific, both heroes, but only one made it back home. My Uncle Milner was only 18. It makes me sad to think about, but also grateful for the sacrifice he made, and men and women in the military continue to make.

And I love Operation Write Home, an incredible organization that supports our nation’s armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them. We are proud to support this organization!

For today’s blog hop, I created a card using Right At Home, one of our three stamp sets that benefit Operation Write Home. I also used a sketch provided by Operation Write Home - Sketch #62 to be exact - OWH has a fabulous resource of sketches you can go to for ideas when you create cards to send in for our troops to use!


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

And what’s a blog hop without a little giveaway?? I have two of the Right At Home sets for two lucky commenters! Just leave your comment by Monday night, May 28 at 9pm EST, and the winners will be announced on Tuesday!


Be sure to visit all of the other wonderful stops on this hop! Just click on the Operation Write Home banner above, or click right here.

Happy Hopping,


Right at Home (CL583) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Chalk Ink: Punch (AF180) Dual-Tip Markers Earth (MW020) Dual-Tip Markers Blush (MW016) Blush Ribbon (CH226)

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OWH Make ‘Em Laugh Blog Hop

Saturday, April 14th, 2012


Hello and welcome! Today we are honored to be participating in Operation Write Home’s Make ‘Em Laugh Blog Hop along with eleven other wonderful companies! Operation Write Home sends blank handmade cards, collected from stampers like you, to deployed service members so they can write home to their families. As of March 2012, they’ve sent 1.5 MILLION cards! It’s such a meaningful way to support our brave men and women who serve in the military.

If you haven’t been already, please be sure to hop back to OWH’s Stars and Stamps blog so you don’t miss a bit of this hop!

Today we have a wonderfully funny card from Julie Ebersole to share, but before we do, here are some words from Julie as to why Operation Write Home is important to her, personally:

“I’m very proud of and grateful to the men in my own family that have served in our military–my father, his brother and my own brother were all USCG, and responsible for saving many lives here at home.

And, now I have a son-in-law who serves in the Navy. He and my daughter just announced they are expecting their first child–my first grandchild! The coming months will prove challenging, however, as he is scheduled to leave soon for a minimum 6 month tour of duty in Afghanistan.  As he showed us his supply chest, and allowed me to lift his incredibly heavy bullet proof vest, a tsunami of emotion passed over me that I cannot even begin to describe.  He will be at the forefront of our thoughts and hearts every single day, as we await his safe return.”

The sacrifices families like Julie’s make are no laughing matter. But receiving mail from their loved one fighting overseas surely would brighten their day. Especially if it was something hilarious, like this:


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

Please consider creating a card (or two, or three, or…) and sending it off to Operation Write Home! The details for getting started are on the Operation Write Home website, and be sure to read through the card guidelines. The Mother’s Day deadline has passed, and Father’s Day cards are due April 30 - but other cards are always needed anytime.

Did you know Hero Arts has partnered with Operation Write Home on three fabulous stamp sets? You can find them here. Leave a comment on this blog post by Sunday, April 15 at 11:59pm PST, letting us know which of the three sets is your favorite, and you may win that set! We’ll announce two lucky winners next week.

The next stop on the hop is Graphic 45! Thanks for stopping by today.


Going (CL478) Chairs and Chandeliers (657777) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Sunsine Mixed Layering Paper (PS621) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104)

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National Scrapbook Day + a giveaway!

Saturday, May 7th, 2011


Hello and happy National Scrapbooking Day!  Are you celebrating today by getting some of your layouts done?  If you read our blog regularly, you know we spend a lot of time focused on cardmaking.  But today we’re here to share just how fun and easy it is to put your stamps and ink to work on your scrapbook layouts!

First we have a gorgeous layout from Sheri Reguly.  The Bird Collage image is such a lovely addition to this page, and the message from Live Life is perfect with this sweet photo of siblings who are also good friends.


Layout by Sheri Reguly.  Find complete supplies and instructions here.

This super sweet page from Kandis Smith highlights how background stamps can make an impact on a scrapbook layout.  We love how Kandis stamped the Friend Definition in the corner of the page, and the stars were the perfect background for the sweet, sweet photo of her little guy.  And could that message be any more perfect?


Layout by Kandis Smith.  Find complete supplies and instructions here.

We’re thinking a National Scrapbook Day celebration wouldn’t be complete without a little giveaway - wouldn’t you agree?  We’ve put together an assortment of stamps and embellishments we think will work really well in your scrapbook layouts, including Friendly Flags, Typewriter Letters, Solid Dots Pattern, Large Canvas Stripes, Blush Buttons, Flower Swirl Vine (which has been our Stamp of the Week this week!), Floral Dots and Jeweled Classic and Pastel Flowers.


Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the goodies. But the fun doesn’t end there… we have a sketch challenge for you, too!  This is based on the layout from Kandis above - we thought it could easily be adapted to a card, for those of you who don’t scrapbook but still want in on the fun.  And!  Playing along will earn you extra chances at the goodies above!  Leave an additional comment with a link to your project based on the sketch for an extra contest entry.  And if you get into the spirit of the day and make an actual layout rather than a card, you get one more bonus entry!  So leave another comment if it’s a scrapbook page for a total of three possible comment entires!!  Fun!


A huge thanks to Kelly Rasmussen for putting together this fabby sketch!!  The contest will be open until Friday, May 13 at 11:59pm PST.  The winner will be drawn randomly from all blog comments.  If you upload to the Hero Arts Flickr Group, please tag your entry with “HANSD2011″ so we can find you!  And look for our NSD thread on Flickr to chat about the fun we’re having!

Happy stamping AND scrapbooking!


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Shimmery Saturday!

Saturday, September 18th, 2010


The Creative Imaginations design team did so many great projects for us to share that we decided to do a special Saturday bonus.


Sweet Jenn Shrukus created this great card with Hero Arts and Twinkling H2Os.


Card by Jenn Shurkus. Click for detailed supplies and instructions.

And another class card from Jenn…


Card by Jenn Shurkus. Click for detailed supplies and instructions.

Check out Jenn’s great background…


Card by Jenn Shurkus. Click for detailed supplies and instructions.

And our last project is a fabulous one, from Lori Gentile.


Project by Lori Gentile. Click for detailed supplies and instructions.

Thanks to everyone that posted comments this week….we have some winners to announce!

Monday - #273 Marilee

Tuesday - #54 Lisa Simpson

Wednesday - #396 Candy

Friday - #144 Ujjwal

Congratulations ladies! Send an email to with your address and we will arrange to have your goodies sent to you (expect someone to be in touch with you on Tuesday)!

Thank you for joining us for our special week. See you Monday!


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Celebrating National Scrapbooking Day!

Saturday, May 1st, 2010


Happy Saturday!  Today is National Scrapbooking Day and we’re celebrating with a layout challenge, prizes, and lots of scrapbooking inspiration!

Let’s get the ball rolling with a special weekend challenge! Simply create a new scrapbook page (any theme) and submit it to the Hero Arts Flickr group pool by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, May 2. Please include the tag NSD2010 on all submissions. Enter as many layouts as you wish, as long as they are newly created this weekend. We have two fantastic prize packs up for grabs, and both will be awarded randomly from all the entries…

The first prize is a selection of popular Cling stamps. These are great for backgrounds on scrapbook pages as well as cards!


From left to right: Flourish Background, LedgerFloral Brocade, Friend Definition

The second prize is a selection of versatile woodblock stamps that are also perfect for layouts. The message stamp reminds us what scrapbooking is all about.


From left to right: Clouds, Raindrop Background, Enjoy the Moments, Wild Flowers

Now that we’ve gotten you interested in playing along, how about some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing?  We have five layouts from some very talented designers to share today!

Sheri Reguly’s sweet and colorful springtime page features our Engraved Daisy.


Layout by Sheri Reguly. Click HERE for complete supplies and instructions.

Nichol Magouirk created a fun custom title for her page by cutting out the birthday message with her Silhouette, then stamping and embossing with Cling Dots.


Layout by Nichol Magouirk. Click HERE for complete supplies and instructions.

Robyn Werlich used subtle stamped images in place of patterned paper on her gorgeous birthday page.


Layout by Robyn Werlich. Click HERE for complete supplies and instructions.

Kandis Smith combined tone on tone stamping with a black & white photo for this fabulous masculine page.


Layout by Kandis Smith. Click HERE for complete supplies and instructions.

And finally Vicki Boutin stamped both Blossoms and the Big Cup on patterned paper to create a bright and cheerful embellishment for her page celebrating friendship.


Layout by Vicki Boutin. Click HERE for complete supplies and instructions.

Are you inspired to create a page or two this weekend featuring Hero Arts stamps and your favorite photos?  We can’t wait to see what you create!

Happy Stamping *and* Scrapping!

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