Organization Ideas: Libby’s Woodblock Shelves

August 19th, 2014 by libby

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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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August 18th, 2014 by libby

We have some exciting news to share with you today! We recently invited five fabulous stampers to share their talent and creativity with us here on the blog. Today we welcome them with open arms to the Hero Arts family!

Please help us to welcome… Cheiron Brandon!


I have been stamping and making cards since I took my first card making class in 2004. I teach monthly card making classes at The Ink Pad in NYC and One Little Spark in Little Egg Harbor, NJ. My card creations have been published in Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine.  I recently started art journaling and love mixing those techniques into my cards. By day, I work in the financial district and love coming home at night to relax at my craft table.  I live in New Jersey with my husband Paul and our adorable rescue dog Big Boy.


Please help us to welcome… Donna Mikasa!


Aloha! I’m Donna Mikasa and I’m still pinching myself because I can’t believe that I’m in the company of amazing card designers, as a Hero Arts artist! I was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu, married to my high school sweetheart and we are the parents of two grown daughters. I’ve been stamping for many years and Hero Arts stamps have always been an arm’s length away on my craft table. I’m looking forward to working with Cheiron, Mariana, Wida, and Yana and sharing Hero Arts goodness with you!


Please help us to welcome… Mariana Grigsby!


I am originally from Mexico where I grew up. I have always enjoyed creating with my hands for as long as I can remember. That was one of the reasons that years later I went to college to become a Graphic Designer. I have lived in Northern Illinois with my husband and our two boys since 2005. That same year, I started being a stay-at-home mom and discovered the scrapbooking world. My first steps were creating scrapbook pages, and then, I began attending card workshops. Stamping became a great way to keep feeding my creative spirit! In 2009, I started blogging to participate in challenges on the Internet. Thanks to that, I have met many wonderful crafters from around the world. I have been fortunate to have some of my cards published in magazines like Paper Crafts and Cards. I was also one of the winners of Paper Crafts 2011 Stamping Royalty Contest, which made me very proud. Stamping makes me smile, and I love that my cards make others smile too!


Please help us to welcome… Wida Miller!


My name is Wida (pronounced Wee-dah) Miller and well I really just can’t believe I am part of the Hero Arts family! I am 38, a mother of 4, happily married for 15 years, and a cardiology nurse practitioner, my dream job! I began scrapbooking with the birth of my daughter and added card making a few years later. I started blogging in January of 2012 and was a challenge junkie for a long time! :) My first win was for this card on the Hero Arts blog. The stamp set was one I bought thanks to this video by Kristina Werner. I remember waking up to many comments on my blog congratulating me. It was then that I realized how wonderful and supportive the paper crafting community is. So you see, Hero Arts will always have a special place in my heart.


Please help us to welcome… Yana Smakula! (And as an added bonus, stop by Yana’s blog to watch how she created her card!)


My name is Yana Smakula, I’m 20-something years old and I’m from Ukraine. I’ve been married for a little bit over two years now, no kids but we do have two black cats and we can’t live without them! I love to travel across the world and meet new people, discover new cultures and just explore. So far together with my husband we’ve been to a few places in Europe (Poland, Czech Republic and UK), Africa (Egypt, Tunisia and Israel), Asia (China and Sri Lanka) and USA. Our next dream destination is Madagascar, I hear the nature there is simply breathtaking! I used to live in USA (in Las Vegas, NV) when I was teen and I fell in love with this country (I was a foreign exchange high school student). I enjoy scrapbooking and I mostly scrapbook about our travels (I often take long pauses from scrapbooking when I have no new travel photos to scrapbook). My other passion is cardmaking – I enjoy trying new products and techniques, experimenting and creating in different styles. I’m very much into stamping and die cutting although I never really though I was until I took a closer look at my cards and noticed almost all of them use stamps and dies!


We are so happy to have these amazing ladies joining us, and cannot wait to see what they share over the coming months! You’ll be able to see them work their magic with the brand new holiday stamps for a full week in September… we can’t wait!


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8 Hero Arts Gift Card Winners!

August 15th, 2014 by hero

Hello! We’re back to announce the winners of our holiday sneak peek giveaways — 8 winners in all! Congratulations to:

  • Peek #1 - Comment #33 from paperpicnic (July 28th, 2014 at 6:27 am)
  • Peek #2 - Comment #223 from Mariana Maya (August 14th, 2014 at 9:17 am)
  • Peek #3 - Comment #145 from Kim Klinkovsky-My Kraft Kloset (August 8th, 2014 at 12:04 pm)
  • Peek #4 - Comment #18 from Barb (August 5th, 2014 at 6:19 am)
  • Peek #5 - Comment #37 from Jasmine Burgess (August 7th, 2014 at 7:33 am)
  • Peek #6 - Comment #83 from Tanya McAlexander (August 12th, 2014 at 7:18 pm)
  • Peek #7 - Comment #50 from Maeghan D.M. (August 14th, 2014 at 3:12 pm)
  • Video Peek - Comment #144 from April W (August 13th, 2014 at 6:38 pm)

Winners, please claim your gift cards by dropping us a line at (subject line “sneak peek winner”). Happy shopping!

Thanks so much to everyone who left such nice comments on our holiday sneak peeks. We truly appreciate your feedback on the Handmade for Christmas catalog!

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Handmade for Christmas Catalog Reveal Day!

August 15th, 2014 by hero

Happy news today, stampers! Santa has just delivered the new Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas catalog. Click HERE or on the image below to view the digital catalog in full now!


In these 32 pages you’ll find an inspiring array of stamps, matching dies, stencils, inks and more, perfect for making creative holiday cards and DIY projects. The new collection begins shipping to participating stamp stores right away, and will be available in the Hero Arts Online Store September 2nd. (Local stamp stores fulfill your orders from the online store, so we allow time for them to get them in stock.)

We hope you enjoy browsing the catalog and would love to hear what you think! Do you have visions of holiday projects dancing through your head? Are there certain stamps, dies, or stencils sparking your creativity?

As the holiday season approaches, we’ll be sharing tons of Handmade for Christmas inspiration right here on and we look forward to seeing the holiday projects YOU create in the coming weeks and months. Let’s have some fun together!

P.S.  More excitement coming later this afternoon — check back for the announcement of our sneak peek giveaway winners!

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Holiday Sneak Peek #7 + Giveaway

August 14th, 2014 by hero

Welcome to our seventh and final sneak peek before the big reveal of the Handmade for Christmas catalog! That’s right…tomorrow you’ll be able to browse the entire catalog with a click of the mouse. Until then, here’s a look at something new — bottlebrush trees!


Bottlebrush trees add cheerful nostalgia at Christmastime, and with the new CL803 Family and Friends clear set you’ll be able to stamp a merry forest of cards and gift tags. For the card shown above, Lisa stamped the trees first with white pigment ink on kraft cardstock, then overstamped them in different colors. It really brings them to life and makes them pop off the background. So cool! And Tami’s fun and fresh tag shows how you can trim the tree with the sweet little ornaments included in the set. There are loads of tiny circles, stars, hearts, ornaments, and more. Oh and did we mention the greetings? This set has it all!

We hope you enjoyed the peeks today and to thank you for stopping by, we have another gift card giveaway! For a chance to win a $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift card, simply leave a comment on this blog post by tonight (Thursday, August 14th) at 11:59pm PST. We’ll pick a random winner from all of the comments and announce it on the blog tomorrow, along with the rest of our sneak peek gift card winners.

Have a great day and we’ll see you tomorrow for the catalog reveal!!

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Holiday Sneak Peek #6 + Giveaway

August 12th, 2014 by hero

Hello stampers! It’s time for the next sneak peek from our upcoming Handmade for Christmas catalog and we must say, this one is the sweetest of them all. Literally. Take a look!


Presenting CL804 Season’s Sweetings! This new 4×6″ clear set comes complete with all the stamps you need to create one-of-a-kind labels for sweet treats and baked goods for holiday gift giving and beyond. Create packages, bag toppers, tags, picks, and more to dress up all sorts of goodies, just like Lisa did in the photos above. How about hosting a holiday cookie swap with friends, complete with DIY labels? You’ll be able to use this set year after year, and all seasons in between, too. Think bake sales, birthday treats, office treats…the list goes on!

What ideas do you have for Season’s Sweetings? We’d love to hear!

Now we have another gift card to giveaway! For a chance to win a $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift card, simply leave a comment on this blog post by Thursday, August 14th at 11:59pm PST. We’ll pick a random winner from all of the comments and announce it on the blog on August 15th. (That’s also the day the holiday catalog will be revealed in full. Yay!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Video Sneak Peek: Watercolored Christmas Crystals + Giveaway!

August 11th, 2014 by lisa

Hi! It’s Lisa here today with a special video sneak peek of the new Christmas Crystals set (CL802) from the not-yet-released Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Catalog! I’m so excited to share this set as I just may have had a little hand in designing it! :)

Christmas Crystals (CL802) sneak peek!

In the video I share a closer look at the set plus my watercolor technique for coloring the crystals. They are so fun to color!

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

I just love this crystal-icious set, how about you? Now, how about a giveaway!

We hope you enjoyed the peeks today and to thank you for stopping by, we have another gift card giveaway! For a chance to win a $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift card, simply leave a comment on this blog post by Thursday, August 14th at 11:59pm PST. We’ll pick a random winner from all of the comments and announce it on the blog when the catalog is revealed on August 15th. Yay!


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One Layer Watercoloring

August 8th, 2014 by lucy

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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Holiday Sneak Peek #5 + Giveaway

August 7th, 2014 by hero

Guess what time it is! That’s right, time for another holiday sneak peek! Today we are excited to show you stamps and stencils from the gorgeous new Evergreen collection from BasicGrey and Hero Arts…


Let’s begin with that lovely pattern in the background. Tami stamped the Leaves, Berries & Branches cling background stamp onto a Punch notecard with white ink. And that sweet dove? It comes from from the new Merry & Bright Holidays clear set, along with lots (13 to be exact!) of wonderful images and messages that you’ll be able to combine in a number of creative ways. We think you’ll agree, this collection is perfect for Christmas and winter stamping!

All stamps (2 clear, 2 cling) and stencils from the Evergreen collection will be available for purchase at participating stores mid to late August, along with the rest of our NEW holiday catalog products. Have you started your wish list? Read on, because YOU could be a lucky winner of a Hero Arts Online Store gift card to put towards your favorite items!

For a chance to win a $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift card, simply leave a comment on this blog post by Thursday, August 14th at 11:59pm PST. We’ll pick a random winner from all of the comments and announce it on the blog on August 15th.

As always, thanks so much for visiting and commenting! We love hearing your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to share it with us.

Enjoy the day!

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One Layer of Kindness

August 6th, 2014 by sally

Hi everyone, Sally here! Today is the day I decided to write out my many thank you notes from my recent trip out east. The hydrangeas were in full, glorious bloom on Cape Cod while I was there, so they inspired me to use Night And Day Flowers to mimic their colors and blossoms. I used my go-to Snow layering paper and several daubers to add color to the image. When the inks were dry, I added a few colored pencils for depth. One layer card making is easy and fast. One of my favorite quotes sums it up…

It’s a gift to be simple. - The Shakers


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

And speaking of one layer cards - how about creating one yourself for our One Layer Challenge? But hurry, this contest ends this Sunday, August 10. You can find all of the details HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!


Neon Purple Ink Dauber (AD005) Tide Pool Ink Dauber (AD010) Forever Green Ink Dauber (AD014) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Night and Day Flowers (CL779) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)

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