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Monday, April 2, 2018

April 2018 My Monthly Hero - Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hola, amigos! I am ready to make me some margaritas and have a fiesta right here on my blog!! The April My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts is here, and it is SO MUCH FUN!! In fact, I had so much fun this month, I couldn't stop making cards! It's a card fiesta! So let's get started...

I had to start with this adorable little mouse. She's just the sweetest! I love coloring with my Copics, and the entire 6" x 8" stamp set is so much fun to color!


For the background, I created a reverse mask by die cutting with my Rounded Rectangle Infinity Dies on masking paper, and using the negative piece on top of my cardstock to ink blend. I finished this card with a coating of Wink of Stella on her outfit, black Glaze pen for trim and flower centers, and some of the clear sequins from the Seashore Sequin mix.


Next, a card I got a little silly with, and had a lot of fun in the process!


I mean really, who doesn't love a googly-eyed cactus??


The little mariachi mouse is pretty darn fabulous, too. I combined lots of images from the kit for this card.


Lots of Copic coloring, details in black Glaze and white gel pens, and some vellum behind the focal point images.


How about some hot peppers for you hot mamas out there?


The message is white embossed, and some Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen was added to all of the peppers after Copic coloring, and drawing in the little white gel pen "shine line".


And here's a look at the full kit. I didn't even tell you about the AMAZING inks included in the kit (see the Hero Arts post for a photo I took of those!), and that GORGEOUS background frame die. It was shared by Janette in this Countdown post.
And now it's time to hop! I'm the last stop on the hop, but I'm certain there's been tons of inspiration before me. Be sure to visit all of the blogs and leave comments as you go - one lucky hopper will win a kit!

The Hero Arts Blog
Laurie Willison
Yana Smakula
Janette Kausen
Nichol Spohr
Ilina Crouse
Kathy Racoosin
Clare Prezzia
Lydia Fiedler
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Kelly Latevola
Jana Millen
Amy Tsuruta
Emily Midgett
May Sukyong Park
Libby Hickson (you are here!)

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March 2018 My Monthly Hero
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Hero Art Seashore Sequin Mix
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Inkadinkado Masking Paper
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Wink of Stella
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Sakura Black Glaze Pens
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Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Get Cracking on Christmas - March edition


It's the third Thursday of the month, which means it's time for another Christmas card post! I'm joining some crafty friends to create and post Christmas cards throughout the year, so by December we'll have a big stash all ready to go!

Today's card features the gorgeous Angels set from the Hero Arts winter release, and is a card I designed for a retailer class last summer.


I began by embossing the angel and clouds in gold. I watercolored using my Hero Arts Palette dot card, then die cut with the coordinating Angels Frame Cuts.


Now for the really fun part - I die cut an opening in both the card front as well as a white panel using the Oval Infinity Dies. Then I sandwiched some white tulle between the two pieces. The angel and clouds really look like the are floating when on the soft tulle. The message was stamped inside the card to allow it to peek through the front.


Let's see what my friends Jenn, Cheiron, Chari and Caryn came up with today! Jenn's card will be up a little after the rest of us - she's buried in snow with no power at the moment!

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Monday, March 5, 2018

March 2018 My Monthly Hero - Release Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hello and welcome! Today I'm joining Hero Arts for the release of the March My Monthly Hero kit! This kit goes back to the basics, and does a beautiful job along the way. The kit is chock-full of useful supplies, but my favorite are the word dies included in the kit. They are absolutely swoon-worthy!



For my first card today, I die cut the "thank you" words in a silver glitter paper. For the background, I turned to the new background die that's an optional add-on this month - Bold Graphic Confetti Die. I die cut it with heavy cardstock, and in turn used the cut as a stencil. For the beautiful blue glittery embossing paste, I added a couple drops of Indigo Liquid Watercolor to some Moonstone Nuvo Glimmer Paste. I love how you can color the paste and make any sort of shimmer you need!

I had a bit of a hard time photographing all the shimmer on this card, but here's a closer look.


For this next card, I took the makeshift "stencil" I had used above, and turned it into another card! The coverage wasn't 100% perfect since it wasn't meant to be used initially, but I love putting those scraps to good use!


I mounted the die cut on some paper from the Midnight pack, and then added just the "thanks" die cut in white. The "you" is a stamp in the kit, cut out with another kit die. I used Soft Granite ink on this.


This next card is a quick and simple one that uses the diamond-shaped die from the kit. The die is sized to cut out some words in the clear set, but I used it on its own. Some of the diamonds are from glitter paper, and some are from a panel I embossed with the Silver Sparkle embossing powder included in the kit. The sweet little "hugs" message finished it.


My final card goes in a different direction! I saw the cute little coffee cup image in the kit stamps, and had to add it to a card!


I stamped the coffee cup repeatedly in Cup O' Joe (what else??) ink, then added the heart from the kit in Fresh Lawn. Another optional add-on this month is some gorgeous new Shimmer Spray - I found if I squirted a little onto my craft mat, I could paint it on with a paintbrush! I added it to all of the hearts on the card, because I *heart* shimmer!


The full kit comes with a variety of useful messages and basic dies that I will use again and again, plus some gorgeous sequins and a new silver sparkle embossing powder! Not to mention a cube of everyone's favorite pigment ink - Unicorn! That's an awful lot of goodness for $34.99!


And now it's time to hop! I am the last stop on the hop today, but if you haven't visited the other blogs yet, you'll want to. Hero Arts is giving away one March kit to a lucky reader, picked from the comments left across all blog in the hop!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Yana Smakula
Emily Midgett
Wanda Guess
Janette Kausen
Ilina Crouse
Lydia Fiedler
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Michelle Short
Laurie Willison
Jana Millen
Clare Prezzia
May Sukyong Park
Amy Tsuruta
Libby Hickson (you are here!)

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Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink
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