So happy to be joining in the fun! I’m sharing two cards there that both use the new Hero Arts Lisa’s Painted Maple leaf stamp since I thought it would be perfect for fall.
Here’s a bit of backstory — I drew the leaf and watercolored it on a rainy vacation day at a cabin in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. It was so peaceful and relaxing as I sat with a real maple leaf and sketched it — but I never dreamed that it would become a stamp one day! It was so crazy cool stamping it, the stamp captured all of the little details that I added.
You can see a peek of the cards that I’m sharing in the upper left side of the picture — I was imagining how the leaf would look if I watercolored it this time of year instead of back in June. So if you haven’t seen the cards yet, click on over to Simon Says Stamp and check them out — then come back for the a coupon code that gives you 15% off ALL Hero Arts products!
Okay, the coupon code is:
and is good for 15% off ALL Hero Arts, now through September 27th!
I thought I’d share a few more stamps that I did for Hero, along with some of my favorites from the 2013 Holiday Catalog! First up, Lisa’s Pen and Ink Fir. It’s a sketch of a balsam fir that I drew the same day as the maple leaf.
When I drew it, the tips of the boughs were bright lime green — such a contrast with the evergreen color of the rest of the plant, no? I have big plans for this stamp, can’t wait to have more time to use it. Here’s a quick card that I did for the Hero blog last week.
And that’s not all — I also did some greetings and a set of parenthesis to go with them!
I thought these would go great with the chalkboard trend that’s so in right now! I did them while at a hotel in Montreal. So crazy having stamps with my writing on them — I’m still can’t believe it! BTW, if you haven’t seen it yet, I did a video on how to use the awesome Chalkboard Background stamp right here.
Now then, to help ya with your shopping I put together a list of just a few of my faves from the Hero Arts 2013 Holiday Catalog. I could have listed more — LOTS more, ha ha!
Some Favorite Hero Holiday Catalog Stamps
And here are some supplies you might want to stock up on while you have that coupon code handy — just sayin’ :)
The Hero Arts black notecards shown in the first row are white inside, so you can make a chalkboard background and still stamp or write a message on the inside — so handy! They’re also great for Halloween, too. I’ve also listed some of my fave inks, including new neon red! And I added some of the metallic decor that Hero has — these are like enamel dots, only shiny. Love!
Supplies to Stock Up On
Thanks so much for joining me today, and thanks again to Simon Says Stamp for having me join the STAMPtember® festivities and for the very generous coupon code! Love and hugs to Heidi, Stephanie, and the whole crew! And big hugs to all of you, too! xx
Hi there, and welcome to my stop on the 3rd day of the CASE Study 3rd Anniversary Blog hop! We’re all hopping to celebrate three awesome years of great inspiration. Cannot believe how time flies by, can you? You may have arrived here via awesome Julie Smith’s blog, but you can head on back to CASE Study to start at the beginning.
For this hop, we were to find an inspiration piece and create a card inspired by it. I had a hard time deciding what to use, as inspiration seems to be *everywhere* these days! I finally settled on this wonderful print from my inspo board on pinterest. (You can follow me here if you like, I’m always pinning something, so addicting.)
I loved this print so much — the circles, the bird, the background, the colors — everything! Now, here’s my take!
First I painted a background using watercolors. Then when it was dry I went to town stamping!
I just can’t seem get enough of this Hero Arts Stamp and Build set, so I used it for the circles. (Check out this set of cards I did using the set!) On some of them I did the “kissing” technique with the Envelope Pattern to add a little texture.
To finish it off, I stamped “go your own way” from the Hero Arts Travel set where the numbers are on the inspiration piece. At first I was going to stamp it right-side-up, but then I decided to go upside-down. I was a bit hesitant about stamping it since it was outside my comfort zone — and the image came out a little blurry. But you know what? I kinda like it that way. And I love this message for the inspiration challenge — because going our own way is what it’s all about. :)
And then! As I was writing up the blog post I noticed that the second circle on the inspo piece had another circle taken out of it, and the wheels started turning…
And of course I had to give it a try! So I got out a 3/4″ circle punch and punched a circle out of a post-it note, positioned it on the card, and then stamped my circle. Woo! I wanted to do a circle with a “bite” taken out of it like the third one but I was so excited to stamp the neon blue that I forgot. Next time!
Now on to the next stop in the hop — the fabulous Julia Stainton! Oh and one last thing before you hop — there are prizes to be had, so you’ll want to leave comments along the way. Check the deets out at the CASE Study blog for how to play.
Thanks for joining me and Happy Anniversary to Chupa and everyone at CASE Study! xx
…nature. It’s so true! Here’s a little journal page that I did about it for the Hero Arts blog:
And here’s a closeup so you can see the texture in the background better and the feather — I just can’t seem to get enough of it! (It’s from the new Hero Arts My Favorite set – and yep, I think it’s my favorite. ha!)
I did a video right HERE to show how to add the texture. It’s one of my favorite techniques, and works great whether you or doing a card, journaling page — anything. Love how it really adds that extra something without being too overpowering.
Hi and welcome to my little stop on the Simon Says Stamp Gratitude blog hop! You should have arrived here by the amazingly talented Kathy Racoosin’s blog at The Daily Marker. If you are just now joining the hop, you can head back to the start at Simon Says Stamp.
I was so happy to be asked to be a part of the hop, as I have so much to be thankful for: my leg is slowly — but definitely! – healing from a second surgery, I get to spend Thanksgiving with my family, and I am so lucky to be a part of the stamping community. I can’t begin to tell you how many friendships I’ve made through our wonderful craft of stamping. The whole industry is filled with the most kind and generous people — including Heidi, owner of Simon Says Stamp. My heart is full.
More on Heidi’s generosity at the end of the post…but for now, on to my cards!
We were sent some awesome goodies to use for the hop, which included the Bella Bloom and Falling Stars dies, Lots of Thanks message set, So Happy Together paper pad, and pool mixed gems – and I wanted to incorporate them ALL!!! But I was a little stumped on how to pull them all together until I saw this paperwhite bulb kit at Crate & Barrel. Check it out:
I loved the simplicity of white on kraft, and the shapes went perfectly with the Falling Stars and Bella Bloom dies that we were sent. (Oh and by the way, if you’ve never tried to grow paperwhites you really should! They are so easy and they smell so good.)
So, here’s what I came up with first!
I had an “ah ha” moment and flipped the Falling Stars upside-down so that the stars would be closer together like in the inspiration. I used the small flower die that comes with Bella Bloom to mimic the paperwhites. One trick that I learned with the Falling Stars die and other dies with small things that punch out — using a metal adapter plate in your cutting sandwich makes it where the stars pop out effortlessly — it’s awesome!
I added some Rock Candy Distress stickles to the paperwhites with a brush — a nifty trick that I learned from Kathy. (Thanks so much Kathy! So very thankful for friends like you. Hugs!) Here’s a closeup so you can see them better — it’s hard to capture the glitter — it reminds me of sugary, glistening, new-fallen snow!
A message from the Lots of Thanks set and some ribbon completed the card. Love that Kristina wrote all the sentiments — wish my handwriting looked like hers. (Hi Kristina! So thankful to call you a friend. Hugs!!) Oh and one last little tip — I colored some crystal gems with a brown Copic marker but I forgot to write down which one, doh!
I just couldn’t stop there — I had to make one more card with sweet Jana in mind — red and pool is one of her go-to color combos! (Jana organized the hop — I am so lucky to call her friend. Hugs, Jana!) This time I used the Bella Bloom die in full and moved the message off to one side…
I used the same small die again that I used for the paperwhites as part of the center of the flower. Bella Bloom also comes with a third flower die that I just couldn’t squeeze in! Love that you get three dies in one set that all go together — or can be used separately!
That’s it for my stop on the hop! Now, remember how I mentioned at the beginning of the post that Heidi is super generous at the beginning of the post? Well, I’ll be giving away a $50 donation to the charity of a commenter’s choice on behalf of Simon Says Stamp! Just leave a comment on this post with what you are most grateful for and you will be entered in the drawing. After the winner is chosen, Simon Says Stamp will be in touch with you to find out the charity you have chosen. We will draw the winners on Wednesday, November 28th.
And that’s not all! This Friday Simon Says Stamp will offer a Black Friday discount code for 35% off selected items in the store. But blog hoppers get the code early for stopping by. Click HERE to see the items that are included in the sale (there are some great ones!), then enter code SIMONBF35 in the Promotion Code box (be sure to use all CAPS) and you will get 35% off of those items. Told ya Heidi is super generous, didn’t I? So very thankful that there are people like Heidi in the world. (Big hugs, Heidi!!! You are the best.)
Your next stop on the hop is the fabulous Mandy at A Sprinkling of Glitter. I just know that she’s cooked up something special!
Thanks so much for joining me! So thankful for all of YOU! Hugs to all, and Happy Thansgiving! xo
Updated on November 29th: random.org has spoken, and the winner is lucky #13, Heather Sweet! Heather, you should be hearing from the awesome folks at Simon Says Stamp soon. Comments are now closed. Thanks so much everyone, really enjoyed reading all of the comments. What a great hop.
Hey you guys! How are you this week? Is anyone out there taking the Kick Start Your Creativity class with Jennifer and Kristina? I am honored to be one of the guest artists for the class, so I’ve been hanging out and watching the videos — and I must say, it’s been very inspiring so far! (And, you can register at any time for the class, so come and join us.)
Anyhow, in one of the lessons, Kristina talked about how she is inspired by craft supplies in and of themselves. So when I was finishing off a birthday card I was sitting there thinking to myself “Hmmm, this really needs something. I sure wish I had a wood veneer heart to go with these Studio Calico birds…” and then CLICK! a light bulb went off and I decided to try and make my own. It was really super easy!
Here’s the finished card!
Don’t the hearts just make the card? Here’s how I made them:
First, I used the Holiday Shapes die to cut out one set of hearts from birch paper — it’s real birch wood, too cool! (I’ll admit that I’ve been hoarding this paper for a while, but now I know what to do with it, ha!)
Then I wanted to make the hearts as thick as the birds, so I cut two sets of hearts from some chipboard that I’d saved from a package of 12×12 paper. (I like to save this chipboard, it always comes in handy!). I found that by using a metal shim adapter plate the die cut through the chipboard and the birch paper like butter. WOO!
I stuck two chipboard hearts together with glossy accents, and stuck a birch heart on top. Next, I colored the edges of the hearts with a brown marker to make them look like the Studio Calico birds. Here’s a top-down look so that you can see it better:
I added a little pearl on top of each heart to go with the doily and the white embossing — and to hide the little “pimple” from the circle in the die cut, ha ha! Note that when you cut these out of cardstock you usually don’t get the zit, but since the birch paper is thicker it does show — you can see them in the photo above with the marker. But add a pearl or a gem and no one will ever know! :)
If you’d like to see some more posts where I’m inspired by something you can check them all out here. There’s not very many yet — I should do more!
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