Today is the start of something new.

Nov 7, 2015 by Lisa Spangler

Today is the start of something new — and I can’t tell you what that is just yet, because I don’t know myself.

What I can tell you is that yesterday was my last day working for Hero Arts.

(Yep, you read that right.)

I worked for Hero full time for almost 10 years, and I made cards for them for a year and a half before that. It wasn’t an easy decision to leave, but it was time for something new.

I had 4 weeks of vacation at Hero, so I’m gonna take some time off from working. Time to plan. Dream. Travel. Adventure. Sleep. Make stuff. Explore. Sleep some more. Try some new recipes I’ve been meaning to. Do a whole lotta cleaning. Organizing. Mail some cards. Paint. Play. Go hiking. Visit some prairies (sideoats!). Read some books. Drink some tea. And did I mention sleep? :)

Feels so good.

I can’t wait to see what my next adventure will be.

For now, I took a little time to play with acrylic paint.

Painting is Good For the Soul

See that hand cream up there? I got it at CHA last year at a hotel gift shop — yeah, I couldn’t resist the packaging. Just found it while cleaning my messy desk. :)

Thinking of the hotel make me think of my key card — I save key cards from everywhere I stay. And that made me think of playing with acrylic paint. So, I grabbed a hotel key card and swiped some acrylic paint onto a Kelly Purkey’s Grid Booklet. I have to admit, I love this deja blue paint so much.

Then I stamped the date with this mega date roller stamp and matching deja blue ink. I added some journaling with a navy le pen, and that was that. Anyone else out there have a thing for le pens? I’ve loved them for forever.

Hoping to have time to add a little something to this booklet every day.


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Join me for a Christmas + New Year card class!

I’m so excited to let you all know that I’m teaching a Christmas + New Year cardmaking class over at Studio Calico. So excited that I almost forgot to post it here! Almost. :)

Class has started, but you can still sign up and join the fun through November 1!

Sneak Peeks

Here are a few peeks at some cards I’m teaching :)

First up, an extra special card where you make your own unique backgrounds with acrylic paint!

Merry Christmas by Lisa Spangler

Then here’s this little guy featuring a penguin from the Merry and Bright set! (My alma mater is a penguin so I’m kinda partial to him!) The set also has a cute bear, too!


What Comes With the Class

  • Five technique videos from me
  • 10 inspirational Christmas and New Year themed projects total from me and our all-star lineup of contributors — just look at this list of contributors!
  • Access to a class message board and gallery, where you can share and ask questions
  • Weekly challenges (with prizes!) and homework assignments to inspire you to use what you’ve learned

We’ll Be Covering

Check out this list — check it twice :)

  • How to batch make quick & easy cards for everyone on your list
  • Extra special card ideas for those extra special people on your list
  • How to make photo cards that stand out in a crowd
  • Fun techniques for tags
  • How to create clever gift card holders

The best part? It’s only $10. (Yep, you read that right!) Such a great way to get going on your Christmas cards — it will be here before we know it!

Just click on over HERE to sign up — hope to see ya there! xo

Some Supplies

Here are just a few of the supplies I’m using :)

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Mama Elephant’s 3rd Anniversary Stampede

Hey there and welcome to Mama Elephant’s 3rd Anniversary Stampede! The new release is live and available for purchase in the shop right now.


If you’ve been hopping along with us already, you’ll have arrived here via the super talented Nichol Magouirk’s blog. If you’re just now joining us or encounter any problems just head on back to the start of the hop over at Mama Elephant.

Reindeer Games

Now for my card! I was sent this super cute Reindeer Games set to play with and I just have to say that this set is so much fun! There’s a set of matching die cuts that go with the stamps too.

Here’s what I came up with!

Merry Christmas, My Deer by Lisa Spangler

I had an idea to make a simple one layer card and take advantage of all those cute deer + other fun elements. So I started out by printing the message on watercolor paper, then popping a whole herd of deer on my MISTI like so:

Merry Christmas, My Deer by Lisa Spangler

Aren’t they just too cute? This is a card that you could easily make a ton of and not get bored.

I filled in the open areas with some of the other little elements in the set. (The birds! AH!)

Next I watercolored all over with watercolors, blending some together here and there. This is the kinda card you can really relax and have fun with — just listen to Christmas carols and watercolor away! (By the way, if you are looking for a portable watercolor set that has really vibrant colors, this is the one for you! I recently took it on a trip and I just can’t say enough good things about it. Love that it comes with mixing trays, too.)

Then it was time to really jazz it up with some gold. Because I just can’t seem to make a Christmas card without gold or silver — or both! So, enter the finetec watercolor set.

Merry Christmas, My Deer by Lisa Spangler

These metallic watercolors are so pretty and shimmery. Here’s a closeup so you can see it better.

Merry Christmas, My Deer by Lisa Spangler

Then I layered it to a white base card — and that was that! One Christmas card done and ready to pop in the mail.


To celebrate this release, Mama Elephant is having a 3 day sale from October 15 through October 17 with discount code HAPPYTHREE for 10% off your entire purchase!


Mama Elephant is having a fantastic promotion through October 31, 2015.

Get a free MINI MESSAGES 4×6 stamp set FREE for purchases over $100 — OR — get both the MINI MESSAGES 4×6 stamp set and the MINI TAGS creative cuts die set FREE for purchases over $150 (after discount applied, subtotal before tax/s&h, limit one free offer per customer/order).


Mama Elephant is also giving away three $25 gift certificates throughout all 3 days of the Stampede. To qualify to win, just leave a comment on this blog post. Winners will be selected and announced on the Mama Elephant blog on Monday, October 19th.

Hop On

Your next stop on the hop is Elena Roussakis’ blog. I can’t wait to see what she’s made!

Thanks so much for joining me today, and happy third anniversary to Kryssi, Angela and the whole Mama Elephant gang! YEAH!!!!! Here’s to many (many!) more! xo


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Planning this week.

Hey hey and happy Thursday! I can’t tell you how glad I am that’s here, because starting tomorrow I’ll be at the annual symposium of the Native Plant Society of Texas. It’s going to be extra special this year because it’s here in Austin. My husband and I are both on the organizing committee — love that we both love botany and care for the environment.

Week of October 15 by Lisa Spangler

So I just had to share my planner pages with you all, especially because I got to use some of my favorite stamps: Kelly’s Outline Letters and Flower Garden.

Week of October 15 by Lisa Spangler

Kelly’s Outline Letters are from her first release with Hero, and I still love them. I think that girl’s a genius for making stamps that you can use to fill in the letters.

I was super excited to use Kelly’s School Planner for the first time. You may think that this is just for families who have kids in school. But nope, it’s for big kids like me too who go to field trips and conferences. I think we’re all just big kids anyhow, right?

Week of October 15 by Lisa Spangler

And I’m most excited about co-leading the field trip to Simpson Prairie on Sunday. It’s a really special place, and it will be the first time I’ve been there since having 2 surgeries on my leg.

I’m sure I’ll be posting pics on instagram if you’d like to see some cool plants. :)

Have a great weekend, no matter your plans! xo


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Kelly Purkey / Hero Arts Planner Release!


Hey hey and welcome to the Hero Arts + Kelly Purkey Planner Blog hop! I’m your second stop on the hop — the one and only Kelly Purkey is the first — so if you’re just now joining us be sure to check her post out. You can also see the whole Clearly Kelly line right over here at Hero Arts. I love every single thing.

True confession, right up front: I’ve gotta admit that while I’ve always been a list maker, and I’ve always kept a calendar, I haven’t always been a planner addict. Nope. It just wasn’t for me. But now that I figured out how to get organized  — well, count me in as a planner nerd. I’ll be sharing my process below.

Plan. Plan. Plan.

Kelly Purkey Planner Products

October 5-11 by Lisa Spangler

Here’s my full week. This is real life. Not just for show. You can see where I dropped my pen, messed up stamping, didn’t get some stuff done — but I kinda like that.

Thought I’d walk you through a few things. First off, see that divider page with all the paint splotches? I had so much fun making that. It’s just a little acrylic paint — I was thinking it went with the pouch that I keep my planner in. I like to switch my divider up every week or so. This way things don’t get too boring.



One thing I love to do is set 3 weekly goals. I like to use the numbers from Kelly’s Outline Alphabet. (It’s from her first release — still love it.) Then I keep track of my progress with little stamped elements, like this tiny heart found in Kelly’s Occasion Planner.

Add-on Lists


In the release you’ll find some super nifty die cuts + stamps that are packaged together called Stamp&Cuts. Here I’m using Kelly’s Todo List to make an additional list that I can slide right onto my planner.

Another thing I like to add to my planner is little photos. Here you can see some shots from when I was in Ohio earlier this week. That’s my Dad and I on the left — he just celebrated his 70th birthday! — a cool autumn sky, and my husband from when we went for a walk in the woods. Plus some extras I may use next week.

Reverse It


Another thing that I love to do is to mount a stamp on my block in reverse and then stamp it to get a solid image. Then I flip it over and stamp it the right way. Here you can see this in action with the “Eat Out” stamp, found in Kelly’s Food Planner. Sure hoping we make it for Sunday pancakes. :)

Get Organized

The key for making all this happen for me is to get organized. I usually do most of my planning on Sundays while sitting at the kitchen table — I drink coffee and plan away while my husband reads and drinks his tea — but sometimes I do it while traveling or in different parts of the house. Enter this cute pouch.


I put all my most-used stamps in the front pocket. Inside, I like to keep my inks, acrylic blocks, post it notes, washi tape, TSA approved scissors, adhesive, and more! While I was in Ohio I even had a small watercolor set in there with room to spare. Love the handle so I can grab it and go. Can’t say enough good things about it.


Had to add that I love the colors in Kelly’s new inks. Love. I don’t know if I have these all in the correct packs, but I always put them back in the plastic case that they come in so that the lids stay on. There’s nothing worse than opening your pouch to find a big inky mess, right?

One last thing I just had to share. I’m a huge paper addict and Kelly’s Planner Banners have helped me use up those little scraps of paper that I can’t bear to part with.


I put them in a glassine envelope and then in the pouch they go.

Giveaway (Yay!)

Hero Arts will be giving away a selection of Clearly Kelly planner products. The winner will be randomly chosen from all of the blog hop comments received by 11:59pm PST on Monday, October 12th. Check the Hero Arts blog for the announcement of the winner on Wednesday, October 14th.

Hop On

Now then, on with the hop! Your next stop is Nicole Reaves — I can’t wait to see her planner. That girl always rocks my world.

Kelly Purkey
Lisa Spangler <– you are here
Nicole Reaves
Krista Wells
Suzanne Dahlberg
Barbara Picinich
Amy Tsuruta
Libby Hickson

Thanks so much for joining me today! Hope that I gave you some ideas for using Kelly’s new planner stamps. And big thanks to Hero Arts for having me be part of the hop and to Kelly for designing such awesome stamps for us all. xo

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