Hero Arts DIY Message Blocks

Hey hey! I’m on the Hero Arts blog today with a video showing techniques for using the new DIY Message Blocks. Here’s a look at the projects:

Peace & Love by Lisa Spangler

Have I mentioned how much I love the Christmas Crystals set? It’s where the peace and love words came from.

Oh yes.

And that & in the BasicGrey Good Stuff set? Yeah it’s good stuff.

JOY by Lisa Spangler

These are so quick + easy you’ll want to make them for everyone on your list.

Come join me over there to see how. xx


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paint.plan.play - mark making

You guys! I’m taking a class at Studio Calico with Ashley Goldberg called paint.plan.play. It’s kind of like an art journaling + planner class all rolled up in one. I worked on our first assignment last night on mark making — no, make that I played last night! — and I woke up to this little scene this morning that made me so happy.

I just had to share it here.

It’s pouring rain, and the light isn’t very good. And this is just a quick iphone pic. But I was really struck how the napkin and the stripes in my pj’s and socks go with the mark making assignment. Feeling very zen right now.

Let me know if you like it when I share posts like this. On the one hand I don’t want to bore ya. But on the other hand, sometimes I go silent for way to long because I’m working on things that I can’t share. xo

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Send Joy mini book part 1.

Hey hey and happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend! Me? I spent a good portion of it cleaning the huge mess I made while working on the Send Joy class that I’m teaching over at Studio Calico. Class started on Saturday, but enrollment has been extended to Nov 10th and ALL of the content is already up. So if ya haven’t started your Christmas cards yet this might help give ya that little boost.

I got a little carried away while coming up with ideas for the class — it’s like the ideas just wouldn’t stop coming and I HAD to get them down on paper. Are you ever like that? For me it’s like I can’t sleep until I try it. Just has to be done.

I ended up with a bunch of cool bits and pieces on my desk of things that didn’t make into onto a class card, but are still kinda cool. Didn’t want to throw them away.

And I had printed out the lessons and the table of contents to proof them and had them all on my desk too. It looked like a magazine almost.

Send Joy mini book by Lisa Spangler

Then a light bulb went off! And I decided to make a mini book to remember the class by. I think it will be great to look back on this next year when I need ideas. It’s not done just yet, but it’s all bound together. I wove together the printouts + scraps of paper — and even scratch paper that I’d stamped on.


(This is a great tutorial for binding a booklet.)

I like to keep the covers of my mini books flat, but I’m thinking of adding a title to this somehow. Just not sure yet. For now it’s letterpressed with this. Love that plate so much. Looks like it’s sold out now, sorry. Oh and underneath the die cut is a post-it note. That was also on my mess of a desk. :)

Here’s one of the first pages with an extra bit of watercolor paper for a technique that I share in one of the videos:

couldn't throw this watercolor paper away :)

couldn't throw this watercolor paper away :)

See that table of contents? That was the first time I ever made a table in indesign. I learned a lot and it was great to see everything come together. There are 24 cards + 10 tags that we share in the class, crazy awesome.

I even made a band to hold the book shut. First time I ever used this tool to actually set an eyelet ha! I had to hunt for my stash of stuff to find them, I almost thought I’d given them away.

I used some American Crafts silver glitter paper for the band. It’s great because the glitter doesn’t rub off, and it’s nice and sturdy since it has a plastic (I think?) coating on the back.

handmade band :)

The rubber band is one that I had saved and I’m thinking about decorating it with a gold or silver sharpie. Or both :)

the back


Anyhow, hope to see ya in class. Registration is here if you’d like to join us. There’s a great community already — I can tell it’s gonna be a great class!

I’ll post more pics of the book as I finish it up. For now I’m off to check on class. :)

PS. Those file folders are stuffed with cards from the class. I have 4 more that are so full they won’t sit flat. HA!


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Guesting at ABNH today + giveaways!

Hi! Hope you are having a great weekend! I’m guesting over at A Blog Named Hero today and I hope you’ll come and join me. We are having a month long celebration of our favorite things about Christmas. So I just had to use the Hero Arts bottlebrush tree set! Here’s my card:

Bottlebrush trees are my fave!

Bottlebrush trees are my fave!

Click on over to ABNH to see how I made it — and for all my little tips and tricks, too. Thanks so much to Linda and the whole ABNH for having me, and for all you do!


ABNH is also having 2 giveaways, YAY! Leave your comment over there to enter and see all the details. xo


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I’m guesting over at Simon Says Stamp!

Hey hey and happy Sunday! Hope you’ve been having a great weekend so far. Me? I’ve been busy busy working some things that I can’t show ya, ha! But, here’s a peek at something you can see today over at Simon Says Stamp:

Sneak peek of SSS guest post!

I used some new stamps from Hero Arts – well, new to me anyhow, I just got them! Check ‘em out:

This is the new City Map stamp from Hero Arts and BasicGrey, designed by the one and only Kelly Purkey. LOVE. It. Especially because it can be used for any city you like since there are no street names on it. That Kelly is a genius.

And then this one. Seriously. It’s the Bits and Pieces set that came out with the Hero Arts Christmas catalog. But it can be used all year long.

Come on over and join me to see my card + techniques. And thanks so much to SSS for having me! xo


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