Dec 14, 2012

Hero Arts 2013 Catalog Blog Hop!

Hi there and welcome to my little stop on the Hero Arts 2013 Catalog blog hop! You should have arrived here via the amazing Nichol Magouirk‘s blog. If you are just joining the hop or your encounter any broken links you can always head back to the start over at Hero Arts.

Hero Arts will be giving away several prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by midnight PST on Monday, December 17. So the more hoppin’ and commentin’ you do the more chances you have to WIN! There are so many incredibly talented stampers in the hop, I know that I’m going to check them all out — can’t wait to see!

It was super hard to choose what stamps to use for the hop — there are so many good ones! BUT, I finally settled on the new cling Map Background (CG527)! You see, I’ve been wanting a map background stamp for ages and ages — so many things you can do with one, from “I miss you” to “sending smiles across the miles” to just a cool pattern!

Here’s what I came up with!

It was super easy to do, thanks to a pool blue notecard, distress markers and a water brush! I just went over the lines on the map with the markers, and then used the water brush to blend. Easy.

Gotta love that new Happy Gram message (C5645) and Striped Heart (F5744) too!

And I couldn’t stop there! Oh no! If you’re like me and you haven’t made all of your Christmas cards yet (ahem!), but you’re tired of making the same designs over and over again, then a new stamp is just the spark to get going again. So here’s the Map Background again, this time with a jolly spin!

You can see the stamp much better in this one — I think it’s cool just stamped in one color, don’t you?

I had to keep  a heart  as part of the design from the first card, only this is another new one called Polka Dot Heart (D5746). This time I added a little Santa hat to make it more joyful. Ha!

A glittery snowy border was the finishing touch!

I have all of the stamps listed below for you in case you’d like to order them online at Simon Says Stamp or Ellen Hutson’s — woo! Both are super great stores and wonderful, kind, caring people. Or, head on out to a participating store near you — there’s a list right HERE.

And in case you want to try this for a quick Christmas card, I got the stickers at Paper Source, and I’ve also linked to them on the EK Success website.

Thanks so much for joining me today! Now, the next stop is the super talented JJ Bolton — I can’t wait to see what she’s made!

Happy Hopping! And happy 2013!

NEW Hero Arts 2013 Catalog Stamps:

(EH is Ellen Hutson, SSS is Simon Says Stamp)

Other Supplies:


494 Comments

  • That is the coolest map background image! I love how you colored it for the first card, and then I loved it in red for the second card. Very versatile. TFS.

  • Love the map bkgd and how you used it in different ways. A happy gram, who would have thought!

  • Love your Happy Gram:D!!! TFS

    ~Vanessa W

  • I LOVE your CREATIVE cards!!THANKS for sharing and for the chances to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  • these look so interesting. i love what you did with the marker!

  • Love your cards and the new stamps

  • You’ve made me really want that map stamp~!!!! Beautiful cards :)

  • Love the map stamp! I’m definitely putting it on my list to get!

  • you guys are killing me….I love the map stamp! Not so sure I can color it like that, but sure willing to try! Love it!

  • Well I loved the map stamp to begin with but your use of it as a holiday card is brilliant! Thank you for sharing!

  • Definitely need that map stamp! Love both cards! Thanks for sharing!

  • Great cards….love the Santa hat on the second one…such a clever extra touch!

  • ..I agree, each blog stop has my heart pattering away…
    LOVE what you created.
    WOWZERS….

  • You’re amazing Lisa!!! Love what you did with those stamps!

  • Love both cards, great ideas! Thanx for sharing!

  • Lisa, these just take creativity to a whole new level. These cards are just genius! I love them. BTW….HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

  • Love that map stamp and both cards are gorgeous! That santa hat on the heart is super cute!

  • Love the map stamp!

  • That map background stamp is gorgeous! I love the coloring job on the card as well.

  • I’m now inspired to send happy grams! Thanks!

  • Love the cards!

  • Your map cards are beautiful… such great ideas!!

  • Lovely background stamp!! I like the first one with the old fashioned map colours!

  • I love the two color ways of your map cards. They could be used for so many things. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Love the map stamp. Great cards!!

  • Love the hearts on the Americas. I’m thinking it’s time to try a water brush-I like the effect. Thanx for the chance to win.

  • Love love love this background map stamp! Your card is just beautiful!!

  • Very nice cards!

  • Lisa,
    Neat cards. I especially like the new map stamp.
    Your cards are so colorful.

  • Oh my these are so sweet!!

  • great cards… great job coloring – I don’t know if I would have thought to do it, so thanks for the inspiration

  • Another awesome stamp. thanks for showing it used two different ways. tfs and now to hop on….

  • excellent use of the stamps! congratulations
    on your creativity

  • Such great stamps & a great way to use them!

  • Clever ideas for using the map stamp.

  • great card. good job. thanks for sharing.

  • Definitely could use a map background stamp! AWESOME! I love the two styles you used them for. Very versatile and thinking outside the box. The Santa hat on the heart is the finishing touch though. Totally got me. :)

  • Good use of that map stamp and the addition of the other stamps to create different kinds of cards.

  • That map is fantastic. Love, love, love it.

  • I’m with you – I LOVE the map background. The blending you did with the marker & water brush is beautiful.

  • I absolutely love the little santa hat you added on the heart! Really cute cards, Lisa!

  • These cards are fabulous. Wow!

  • Great use of the map background.

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