Cactus Ornament + GIVEAWAY – Advent Calendar Extravaganza!

Well, it’s happened. December has arrived. EEK!! Are you freaking out as much as I am? I truly do not know where the time has gone this year – it has completely flown by for me! But as much as I’m in shock that Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye, I’m also super excited – I absolutely *love* this time of year!! And since I need to ramp up the holiday prep, for today’s project I decided to make a little ornament to give to my mother-in-law. She lives in Arizona, so the CL909 Merry Cactus To You set is perfect!

Cactus Ornament by Libby Hickson for Hero Arts

The ornament was created on a piece of wood I found at the craft store. I just stamped the cacti, pots and message on paper, trimmed, and adhered it to the wood with glue (I used Ranger Matte Medium). There are matching dies available for this stamp set, which I love to use on cards, but for this ornament I wanted the images trimmed closely, so I fussy cut them. The little pieces of fleck at the bottom of the ornament have been in my stash, unlabeled, for ages – which I know doesn’t help you out if you like them, but they did give me the look of Arizona desert ground I was looking for. :-) I hot glued a loop of twine to the top of the ornament for hanging.

Cactus Ornament by Libby Hickson for Hero Arts

Today’s post is also part of a really fun event! Taheerah Atchia asked if we’d like to be a sponsor for an Advent Calendar event she dreamed up for her blog – it’s such a fun idea, we had to join her! Here’s a bit about it:

The Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are over 60 special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’! And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY! Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises wait behind the door!

Advent Calenda Extravaganza

Advent Calendar Extravaganza
Today’s prize for this event is provided by yours truly – Hero Arts – so you’ll definitely want to enter for a chance to win! We’re providing a $25 shopping spree to one lucky winner! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter – then head back to and leave a comment there too to double your chances! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments as well – to improve your odds even more! You have until 7am EST on Thursday 31st December to leave all your comments! The winner will be announced on Taheerah’s blog.

Shopping Spree 25

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