Day 3: 2015 Spring Catalog Blog Hop

February 19th, 2015 by hero

Welcome to the third and final day of the 2015 Catalog Blog Hop! Coming your way today — more inspiration and more chances to win new stamps! Just wait until you see the fabulous projects the Hostesses have created. You’re in for a treat!


Late to the party? Fear not. The extended format of this blog hop will allow you plenty of time to catch up and enjoy the projects bit by gorgeous bit. In case you’re just joining in:

  • Every comment you leave along the hop (including this post) gives you a chance to win Hero Arts prize packs! Comments must be received by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, February 22 to be entered. Three giveaway winners will be randomly selected and announced here on the blog next week.
  • If you’ve missed any days, you can go back to view and comment at the following links:  DAY 1DAY 2
  • All of the new 2015 Catalog stamps and dies you’ve seen showcased this week are now available HERE in the Hero Arts Online Store.

Before we send you on your way, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to the Hero Hostesses for the wonderful inspiration they’ve provided this week. It’s been an amazing display of creativity! Thank you, Hostesses, for generously sharing your time and talents, and for being such a special part of the Hero Arts community.

We’re ready to HOP…how about you? Click over to Virginia Lu’s blog to begin and then follow the links to each of the Hostesses participating today. Remember to comment for a chance to win those prize!

Thanks for joining us and sharing in the excitement of the 2015 Spring Catalog release!

Happy stamping,

P.S. - If you happen to come across any broken links, you can always come back to this post and find links to all seven of today’s participating bloggers: Virginia LuHeather DoranSue McRaeMarcy KaminskiAnita RecksiedlerCheiron BrandonBarb Engler

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Day 2: 2015 Spring Catalog Blog Hop

February 18th, 2015 by hero

Hi everyone! It’s day two of our blog hop with the Hero Hostesses, and we’re so glad you’re here! Today we have eight Hostesses on deck, ready to share another batch of inspiring creations using stamps and dies from the new 2015 Spring Catalog.

Let’s sneak a peek at a handful of today’s beautiful projects, shall we?


Don’t forget, every comment you leave along the hop (including this post) gives you a chance to win one of three Hero Arts prize packs! The commenting deadline is Sunday, February 22 at 11:59pm PST.

Ready to begin? The first stop today will be the blog of Emily Leiphart. Click here to visit Emily’s blog and then follow the links to each of the participating Hostesses.

Thanks so much for hopping along and sharing your comments. See you tomorrow for more fun and inspiration!

P.S. - If you happen to come across any broken links, you can always come back to this post and find links to all eight of today’s participating bloggers: Emily LeiphartSuzanne CzosekTiffany ErvinArlene McClungSarah MoermanKathy WadeNancy KruegerLinda Wetterlin

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Day 1: 2015 Spring Catalog Blog Hop

February 17th, 2015 by hero


Hello and welcome to the 2015 Spring Catalog Blog Hop with the Hero Hostesses! Twenty-three of our wonderful Hero Hostesses have gathered for an inky reunion and we couldn’t be more excited! For the next three days you’ll be able to hop along with the Hostesses as they share projects they’ve created with stamps and dies from our new 2015 Spring Catalog.

We’re also happy to let you know that as of today, the 2015 Spring Catalog products are available for purchase in the Hero Arts Online Store! Click HERE to check out the latest and greatest.


Today, Wednesday and Thursday, the blog hop will begin right here on the Hero Arts blog. From here, you’ll hop to the blogs of 7-8 different Hostesses per day. You’ll also have a chance to win some great prizes:

  • We will be giving away three prize packs containing an assortment of Hero Arts goodies (new 2015 Spring Catalog included!)
  • For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day’s starting post here on our blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!
  • The commenting deadline is Sunday, February 22 at 11:59pm PST.
  • From all eligible comments, three winners will be selected at random and announced on the blog next week.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the creative goodness you’ll be seeing from our Hostesses today…


Now it’s time to hop to it! Begin by clicking over to Deborah Nolan’s blog, then follow the links to the other blogs, being sure to leave lots of “love” for our Hostesses for a chance to win those prizes. Enjoy the hop and we’ll see you back here tomorrow!

P.S. - If you happen to come across any broken links, you can always come back to this post and find links to all eight of today’s participating bloggers: Deborah NolanKelly BoothJenn BiedermanKathy RacoosinJudy JungDonna MikasaLin BrandyberrySally Sherfield

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Mini Pet Notecards

February 16th, 2015 by hero

Hi there! Today I want to share some kid-friendly notecards that feature fun toys and embellishments for the Playful Animals stamp set.


All of the notecards are made from Hero Arts Layering Papers and you’re able to get four mini cards out of one sheet. The new Waves Background was stamped vertically with a tone on tone ink for a woodgrain effect. It’s just another way to stretch your stamps!


The dog and cats were colored and fussy cut and paired with their respective toys. The toy stamps all have coordinating dies so I gave the pup a stack of bones. He looks super thankful. The cute little word bubbles are from the new Stamp & Cut set called Yes - stamps, with dies to go with them, all in one little set!

New products from the 2015 Spring Catalog were sent to retail stores and will be hitting the Hero Arts Online Store tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Clearly Kelly Giveaway!

February 13th, 2015 by hero

Hello and happy Friday! Yesterday we showed you how Kelly Purkey created a fabulous mini album with the new Clearly Kelly wallet system. Today? We’re giving you a chance to WIN some of the products she used! Take a look…


As Kelly mentioned, there are so many fun ways you can use the wallet system — create mini albums, art journals, planners, inspiration books, and more. What would you make?

For a chance to win all of the products shown above, simply leave a comment on this blog post by 11:59pm PST on Friday, February 20th. One winner will be chosen at random and announced here on the blog. Good luck!!

Wondering when you’ll be able to get your hands on the Clearly Kelly collection? We’re happy to let you know that most of the products from the line have already begun shipping to stores. Starting February 24th you’ll be able to find Clearly Kelly in the Hero Arts Online Store as well.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

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Clearly Kelly Wallet System

February 12th, 2015 by admin

Hello there, it’s Kelly Purkey here and today I’m happy to be sharing a little photo tour of the mini album I made using the new Clearly Kelly wallet system. This was designed to for you to personalize for whatever you need it for - whether that’s a mini album full of photos, an art journal, a planner, a inspiration book, or whatever you can dream up. It’s completely customizable and made to work with the rest of the Clearly Kelly products.

I see myself using the wallet system to make a lot of mini albums this year, especially for travel photos and memorabilia. It’s easy to document one trip into this little wallet. Here’s a closer look at the mini album I put together of a weekend trip to Nashville. The “bones” of my album are the outside wallet album, one 3×4 plastic insert, one 4×6 plastic insert, and a booklet of paper (replaced with the grid booklet.) I pulled out the clear and wood block Clearly Kelly stamps and went to town!


The two plastic inserts slide easily to fit inside the outside wallet album and I decided to fill them up with a variety of goodies from my trip. The pockets in the 3×4 insert are perfect for holding 3×4 cards or Instax photos. You can also tuck business cards from the places you go into them. In the 4×6 pocket I put a postcard and cut down a piece of a cool menu I wanted to save. I love that there is a place to house all these things I picked up on my trip.



I printed out some 4×6 photos and adhered them directly to the pages of the booklet, which has cover flaps that slip right inside the pockets of the wallet. Adding in Instax photos and other details to some of the other pages of the booklet, it all came together in a snap. I used the Clearly Kelly Outline letters, Bold Font, and Shadow Letters to make titles for my pages with the names of the places we went. I also added a lot of sentiments using the Food Coma, Take Note, Destination, and Daily Life sets. It’s fun to mix + match these all together.




The outside of the album is clear so you can add in whatever paper or embellishments that you want to use. I cut down a large piece of patterned paper and slid it inside the outside wallet album, then adhered some tags onto the front. I love that all of the Clearly Kelly alphabet stamp sets are sized smaller so you can add them onto mini projects like this. I wanted to add a way to close up the album, so I used a paper piercer to poke two holes through all the plastic layers of the wallet and added some twine to wrap around the entire thing. Voila - Nashville adventure documented!


There are so many more ways to customize an album like this, the possibilities are endless. I’m excited to see what you use the wallet system for and how you combine it with the new Clearly Kelly stamps! The collection has already begun shipping to stores and will be available in the Hero Arts Online Store February 24th.

Thank you for stopping by today. Be sure to come back tomorrow for a Clearly Kelly giveaway!

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Clustered Chrysanthemums

February 11th, 2015 by lucy

Hi. It’s Lucy here today, sharing a floral card that fits in with our current Nature Challenge. The gorgeous new Succulents set contains a variety of stamps that are perfect for creating a succulent scene. However, I wanted to make something a bit different. I decided to turn a couple of the succulents into chrysanthemums, creating a little cluster of watercolored flowers. I added some die cut vellum leaves to my flowers, created with the Spring Branch die, then finished the card off with a sentiment from the Fruit set.


The combination of vellum, thread, stitching and watercolor paper add texture to this card, yet it is almost flat for easy mailing.


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

So, have you added your nature card to the challenge page link up yet? You may just win a $30 Hero Arts shopping spree! I hope I have inspired you to have a go. If so, you have until March 20th to submit your entries.

Finally, just a note to say that we are currently experiencing some website problems meaning that the supplies links and card instructions are not available. As soon as these issues are fixed we will update all our posts.

Have a lovely day and thanks so much for stopping by.


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Skip a Beet

February 10th, 2015 by hero

Cheiron here today with a Valentine using the new Stamp Your Own Salad set.  Why not forgo the usual chocolates and give your Valentine something healthy? Like beets! Not sure if I’m quite ready for that yet, but I do love my veggies.

skip a beet by Cheiron Brandon_

I made this simple card using the rock and roll technique with Ultra Pink and Raspberry Jam ink to stamp my beets. I think the two tones really work well with the texture of the veggie stamps. To do this technique, ink up your stamp with the lightest ink color first. Then carefully ink just the edges of the stamp by rolling the edges of your stamp on the darker ink pad before stamping your image. Easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by,


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Pick 5 + 2 Giveaway Winner

February 9th, 2015 by hero


WOW. You all came up with so many creative ideas for using the Monogram Letters Collection on our Pick 5 + 2 Giveaway post! We’re ready to monogram everything in sight. Thank you for taking the time to comment and share!

The randomly picked prize winner is Dottie J (comment #183) who shared this great idea: “I would use them for gift tags. One of my favorite ways to tag a gift, even at Christmas, is to use the person’s initial or monogram.”

Dottie, please send an email to and let us know which stamps and inks you have chosen and we’ll send those right out to you. Enjoy!

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Video: Dry Embossing with Stencils

February 9th, 2015 by hero

Hi everyone! Yana is here and today I want to share one of my favourite techniques when working with stencils - dry embossing! I’m going to show two ways this can be done - dry embossing on white paper and dry embossing on Hero Arts layering paper.


So lets jump right in. I’m going to add texture to a white panel using my Heart Patterns stencil and dry embossing technique.

Stencils are a great way to create beautiful and custom backgrounds and there’s a lot you can do with them - you can ink through a stencil, you can add texture paste through a stencil, you can stamp through a stencil or you can use it as a dry embossing tool. And, note this, Hero Arts stencils are now more affordable with the new lower price, yay!


You can use stencils in your die cutting machine and emboss your paper. And this is exactly what I’m going to do for today’s projects.

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

You can even take your embossing a step further and sand the top layer of your paper to reveal the white core. This is going to give your background a completely different look.


Because the hearts are raised from the surface its very easy to sand that top layer and it doesn’t take more than a couple a minutes to achieve this look.


Give it a try and I’m sure you will love it!


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