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
If you haven’t seen the catalog yet, there’s a new Chalkboard Boutique Line designed by me. I have to keep pinching myself to make sure that this is really happening. I’m a little nervous (okay make that really nervous!) about it! Usually we designers have worked in the background. But now? I’ll have my name on these stamps. So you can imagine the butterflies in my stomach…!
I can’t wait to get my hands on these stamps — we don’t even have the prototypes yet. Oh and! Wanted to point out that the leafy parentheses fit around the word stamps! So you can stamp something like “(MERCI)”. Too fun. And now a little behind the scenes…
I drew the balsam fir and maple leaf stamps on a rainy day at a cabin in Mont-Tremblant park, Quebec. It was so peaceful and relaxing. We had originally planned on going hiking, but it was just pouring. Not gonna happen. Jason was napping, I had finished my book, and we had no internet or TV. What to do? I sat and enjoyed watching the rain for a while but then I started getting restless… And then I remembered that I brought my Peerless Watercolors, paper, pens, and pencils with me. Yes!
So I ran out into the downpour to grab some specimens to sketch. Dried off, made myself a cup of maple tea to warm up and sat down to draw.
Our cabin was named erable or maple, so of course I had to do a maple leaf :)
You can really tell from the photos how hard it was pouring.
While flying back home to Austin, Texas I told Jason that I was thinking of using the balsam fir for our Christmas cards this year and he loved the idea. And then it hit me: why not make it into a stamp?
So then I hand lettered some messages to go with. Just had to add some French in honor of all the French in Quebec (I felt so sorry for inflicting my bad French on everyone, lol!) — plus I added some Spanish since it’s spoken here in Texas.
Then I designed the chalkboard background and the map to go with it. (The map is not officially part of the Chalkboard Boutique line, but I designed those two to go together. And, there just may be a clear set of messages and icons in the future to go with it, too! Wink!)
And that’s the “BTS” look at how these stamps came to be.
Sure hope you have as much fun using them as I had designing them.
Hey you guys! Did you have a good weekend? I sure did! I got to do some sewing, can’t wait to show you what I made! (First time sewing since the knee surgery, yah!)
But today I wanted you to meet some cute garden visitors! First up, Mr. Oriole:
He was snacking on some grapes growing right outside our kitchen window when I came home from PT. This is the first time EVER that we’ve had an oriole visit the yard! So exciting! I feel kinda bad for them, look at how small our grapes are this year. We sure need rain — want to send us some?
He and Mrs. Oriole are both super camera shy — this is the best photo I have of him, and I didn’t get any of Mrs. O. Hoping that they visit again tomorrow so I can try for a better shot!
While I was waiting for a shot of the O’s, this feisty little hummingbird made an appearance.
Love watching them so much, I’m always sad when they leave for the summer. Look at how dry the flame acanthus is, too. Boy oh boy do we need rain.
And! My knee is definitely on the mend! I don’t think I’ll be running any marathons just yet, but I was so excited to get a photo of Mr. O that I found myself walking upstairs normally for the first time in *months* to get the camera! I haven’t been able to do it since March! Usually I go up on my good leg and just let the bad one kinda follow along, step by step. But today I went up one foot after the other — and it didn’t hurt! YES! And in even more news, I rode the bike at PT for 10 minutes today! It was a huge effort to get the pedals to go ’round, but it felt so good this time. (The first time was pretty painful.)
Hope you have some fun unexpected visitors today too,
Can’t believe it’s Friday-the-Thirteenth, because I feel so lucky!
(This is my kitchen window display for May — it’s a little tribute to my Grandma. The chicken was hers, and I saw the creamer and the candleholders at West Elm while talking to her on the phone back in February. Didn’t buy them that day, but had to go back and get them later. Makes me feel close to her. )
We finally got some rain here in Austin — thanks to all you northreners who sent it our way, ’bout time you quit hogging it all!
It was a doozy of a rainstorm. (Texas sized, if you will.) I was driving home from PT for my knee and had to pull off the road for a bit. There was BIG lightening all around. The wind was shaking the car so hard that I wondered if there was a tornado.
But I made it home, safe and sound.
And the light! Oooo the light. I grabbed my iphone and snapped these photos with the Instagram app – loving that app more and more. Do you have it? Let me know and we can share photos!
And in more good news, my knee is on the mend. I rode the bike at PT for 10 minutes yesterday with just a few twinges.
And I was able to meet my work deadline, yay!
Yep, this Friday-the-Thirteenth sure has been lucky so far. (Knocking on wood.)
And, I’ve got a series of card photo tutorials planned out — hope to have the first one for you on Monday. After that I’ll have another Make-It and Mail-It challenge to go along with the tutorial. Can’t wait.
If you have any card photo problems or questions please leave me a comment and let me know — then hopefully I can work them in the tutorials.
Have a lucky weekend,
Today’s color is lavender for Poppytalk’s Spring Colour Week. And this sweet little ranunculus on my kitchen table beckoned to have her photo taken.
Then she wanted to get dressed up in a texture and frame.
Then she inspired me to get out my watercolors, and play. (I was also inspired by Leslie Shewring from A Creative Mint. Have you seen her color studies? They’re just lovely. She does a guest column for Holly at decor8 — grab a nice cup of tea and check out the archives.)
Watercoloring is so relaxing and peaceful to me, how about you? I love how there’s no right or wrong way to do it — you can just enjoy the experiment.
Hope you have a lovely lavender day,
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