Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop!!

Hi everyone!


Welcome to another stop on the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop! As you know, we're featuring awesome stamps from their new, 2014 catalog.

- If you’ve been following along, you’ve just arrived from the very talented, Suzanne and her blog called, Suzz's Stamping Spot. If you missed the beginning of the hop, it started yesterday here, or click here to begin today's posts.

- Hero Arts will be giving away three big prize packs containing an assortment of brand new products from their 2014 catalog! For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day’s starting post on the Hero Arts blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!
  
- Make sure you read all the way down to the bottom of my post for your chance to win a little prize package from me too!

Okay, let's get started with my cards! I've been having so much fun creating with the new stamps! Believe it or not, I have five cards to share with you today - I just couldn't stop playing!

My first card uses the new, adorable Dauber Bunch clear set. After stamping the images, I added color to the flowers using some Hero Arts Daubers. The splatter in the background was created with the Daubers too - just dab them on your craft sheet, add some water, then flick the ink onto your project with a small paint brush - so easy! The sentiment also comes in the set.

 
Hero Arts has released some beautiful, woodblock floral stamps and I used two of them on my next card. 



The flower on the left is called Poppy and the one on the right is called Puff Flower. I used Distress Markers directly on the stamps, spritzed them with a bit of water, then stamped them onto my watercolor panel. My "grass" was created using Distress Inks, mixed with water. The sentiment on this card is from a wonderful clear set called, Enjoy Today. It's filled with lots of awesome sentiments!

For my next two cards, I played with the Butterfly and Flower clear set. It has a matching Frame Cut set too! There are two big butterflies in this set - one with polka dots and the other is a lined butterfly. I used them both together for this card:


And do ya see that tone-on-tone background? That was created using the new, Five Line Background stamp - love! The sentiment that I stamped vertically is another from the Enjoy Today set and I paired it with an older Hero Arts sentiment.

The Butterfly and Flower set also comes with two big flowers and I used the more open one for this card:



As you can see, I stamped and white embossed it on both aqua cardstock and vellum, layering them together to create a pretty flower. The tiny "hello" comes in the set too!

Okay, almost done, I promise! I've saved my favorite for last. I couldn't wait to play with Hero Arts' Fancy Palm Die! I absolutely LOVE this die!


 
I got inky with it, using Distress Inks mixed with water again, then I coated the palm with Multi-Medium Matte and added Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. The background is another favorite new stamp of mine. It's called Pattern Stripes. I can see using this one on some of my art journal pages too.
 
Here's a close-up of the glittery palm and embossed background.



Whew! Sorry for the long post - it happens every time Hero Arts releases new stamps. They are always so fun to play with! 

I want to give a special thank you to Aaron, Tami and the whole crew at Hero Arts for allowing us to be a part of this fun week!

Now for my very own little giveaway! Just leave a comment here on this post and become a follower of my blog, if you haven't already. I'll choose one random winner from all the comments to win the following goodies, and I'll be back on Monday, Jan. 27th to announce the winner!


Hero Arts 2014 catalog, 2 pks. Hero Hues Pearls and Gems, Hero Arts/BasicGrey Lauderdale Trees Cling Stamp, Hero Arts/Studio Calico Lattice Cling Stamp, Hero Arts Enjoy Today Clear Set, Hero Arts Anything Can Happen Clear Set, 2 Hero Arts Daubers - Tide Pool and Pale Tomato, 2 Tim Holtz Distress Paints - Tarnished Brass and Antique Bronze, My Mind's Eye decorative Washi Tape.

Now you'll want to hop on over to your next stop. It happens to be my sweet, funny and talented friend Judy, at her blog, Livin' The Dream!

If you find a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Arts Club Blog. Also, please report broken links to: blog@heroarts.com.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of the hop! ♥



Giveaway is now closed . . .



337 comments:

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Dawn T said...

Oh my goodness Barb. You have had such a great time stamping with the HA products. I just LOVE each and every one of them. You are so talented.

Kim Hall said...

Could not wait to see what you would create Barb, and you did not disappoint, your cards are amazing, the inspiration and detail wow.

Anita Rex said...

Hi Barb! Love all your cards! So much eye candy! But I love your last card the most! Wow!

Sarah G said...

I don't know where to start, Barb - your cards are all so fab!! What a great showcase for the new Hero Arts stamps. I am loving the five line background and the leafy die in particular. Love the range of colour and techniques you have used :)

Unknown said...

Wow, love all the different types of cards you did, can't choose a favorite... became a follower

Shona Chambers said...

My goodness you have been busy!! So many wonderful projects and each of them so different. Lots of inspiration here, thanks so much for sharing them with us!!

Gerrina said...

Love the velum in the flower and that palm die is something else!

Anna-Karin S said...

I love your cards. All so different!

Unknown said...

Always envious of those that can manage the water color effect. I need more practice to get there. Lovely cards.

Katie said...

Wow, so many beautiful and different cards! I just love the palm die and the pattern stripes stamp is my favorite! But I really love your flower card, so pretty. :) Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Мария Доричева Maria Doricheva said...

Wonderful cards, Barb! My favorite is Thanks a bunch with the flowers pointing towards the center of the card. Love what you've done with the daubers and clear rock candy on the palm die! Great job!

Unknown said...

Especially love the first one, but all your cards are great (as usual). And what a great giveaway! Wow!

marking said...

Such happy cards!

Maye M.L said...

Incredible projects, Barb. Loved them all. Great way to see old techniques revisited (e.g. inking with markers and misting for a watercolor effect.) Thanks for sharing, cheers!

Unknown said...

Five great cards, but my fav is the first dauber stamp. Lovely work.

Gabi MeWi said...

A lot of inspiration and I felt in love with the hello-card...

Karen Dunbrook said...

awesome cards Barb...so well done.

stamping sue said...

Fabulous cards! all the inspiration for us.
I'll become a follower.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Lainey said...

Very pretty cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sandie said...

fantastic pieces, love them all. thanks for sharing :)

Heidi said...

These are all so different and lovely!! I particularly like the bright thank you flowers with the daubers! So beautiful.

Laurie said...

Love your cards, and really loving the green and gray combo. The first one is my favorite, love the fun of it. Thanks

Julie T. said...

Totally awesome. Love the Rock Candy glitter

Unknown said...

especially like the way you used vellum.

Dana said...

Awesome projects!! Love all the techniques you used!!

Carolyn said...

Love everything you made, so many ideas! Thanks for the chance to win a second prize.

cheryl l. said...

I always like to pick a favorite when there is more than 1 card in a post, and my fav of yours is the Hello card - simple, elegant, and I love the color.

crafter said...

Wow! What a variety of beautiful cards. I am inspired to try out some new techniques. Thanks!

jintyoo7 said...

What a beautiful "mini" gallery, Barb! LOVE what you did with the fabulous fern die :)

Laurie's Sunny Studio said...

I especially LOVE the palm die & unique stripe background stamp! Hmmm ... but then there's also the white & aqua card which soothes my spirit .... Nice cards!

Vicki Dutcher said...

That glittered palm is stunning!!

Maureen Morton said...

Wow, Barb! Good think you are on vacation from work, cause your fingers are working double-time. These are amazing - so different and so inspiring. I, too, am partial to the palm, but they are all eye-poppers. Thanks!

Monika/Buzsy said...

These are all so pretty Barb, but I especially love the last one with the heat embossed background and glittery palm.

Patricia said...

Love all of your cards. The technique on the 2 different flower stamps was stunning! Also the palm leaves & stripe background stamp card is beautiful too. Love the colors. Wonderful execution. Thanks too for your wonderful giveaway.

Kathy Berger said...

Love the simplicity of your cards. Beautiful!

Agnes said...

I love your cards. They give me so many ideas to try.

Amy McCue said...

Really nice cards.

brenda said...

LOVE your cards!! They are absolutely fantastic and your post wasn't too long - I really enjoyed it!

Anonymous said...

I am head over heels for you first card using the woodblock flowers stamps! The colors are just perfect!

Amy C. said...

Lovely projects! I especially love the first card and the color combination you used. It really pops!

L Fodor said...

LOVE the colors you have chosen. Very inspiring cards. Thank you for sharing.

Lina Delgado said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for the giveaway!

Kris in Alaska said...

Love that dauber card! And that aqua card is BEAUTIFUL!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

OH my hubby is going to love me when I hand him my new wish list for HERO ARTS!!! These cards are to die for!

Junebee68 said...

Thank you for your wonderful inspiration the Rock Candy is such a great element to work with and all of your projects were just amazing

SD pooja said...

AWESOME cards !! Each one is very different ...

Laurel Beard said...

Barb, your cards are stunning! All of them. The flower, the vellum, the glitter! Each one is a master piece in itself.

Ariana said...

I love all of these cards. Great ideas!

Linda E said...

Barb, what a wonderful set of cards. I love the palm, but my fave is the first card. I've now gotta have the dauber set. Love the colors you chose too. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for a chance to win a prize.

Unknown said...

Very inspiring....Thank you for sharing!

bjmartin said...

Love your variety of cards and techniques - definitely looks like you had fun playing!

Sabrina said...

Oh my.. Your cards are so fabulous!!!

Scrapycandy said...

I am now a follower and am loving that palm. Thank you for the great ideas in your cards.

Chris mason said...

Great new stamps and I love your cards....thanks for sharing some great ideas.

Unknown said...

Love the layering with the vellum!

Linda said...

All of the cards are beautiful, but my favorite is the Big Flower with the aqua color. Love the embossing on the vellum. Thanks for sharing and a wonderful giveaway.

Linda D.

Gail said...

Hi Barb - thank you for the hop and congrats on being a Hero Arts Hostess too!
I love the pop of colors on card one - everyone needs thank you cards in their collection - lovely creation
I like how distress ink was used for the grass on card two and the flowers are yummy - Liking that yellow butterfly and how you did the sentiment around the card - that is a clever idea - the blue flower card with the tiny pearls is lovely and liking that vellum too! The last card is so beautiful - love the pop and the color - thanks for providing a lovely give away too - have a happy day! Gail

bartokmd said...

Love the card with the palm die cut, the colors are very hip, and it works so well!

Robin K. said...

Oh my goodness Barb!! You've really outdone yourself!!! I love the variety of styles you've shown - lets us really see the versatility of the stamps! My fave is your card using the fern die- so awesome, my friend!!!!

Pat said...

These are amazing...and I LOVED the watercolor card!

Karenladd said...

Whoa! You have been so creatively busy! Love the variety of styles and stamps on your cards and the fun colors. My favorite is the pink floral but they are all fabulous! I'm a new follower and I love your style!

Anonymous said...

Keep up the great work. The cards are wonderful, and love reading about them. The blog post was not too long at all.

Fiona said...

Love your cards but I think the one you saved for last totally rocks! Thanks for sharing.
Fiona

Barb said...

these are awesome cards. thanks for the chance to win.

Weenie Thomas said...

My favourite is the watercolored flower card. Stunning!

Laura Z said...

Love all the cards. A nice break from this MN weather we are havig. Thanks!

Rhonda M said...

The cards were just beautiful......

Unknown said...

Cant wait to play with the poppy stamps. Such beautiful flowers.

Donna Cala said...

They are all so different but all are wonderful. I am loving the new BG stamp and it looks great on the angle.

mollsmum said...

I love all the cards but the last one is really special. thank you

Bunnyfreak said...

Love the glittery palm.

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

all were wonderful cards - I love the softness of the one where you stamped on the vellum and the cardstock thanks for sharing your creativity

Barb Housner

Anonymous said...

Amazing amazing amazing! I'm at a loss for words, your cards are beautiful. The palm die is spectacular.

scrappykate said...

What fun! I love the idea of distress inks + medium + rock candy glitter.

Unknown said...

Love the card & the post so informative, thanks!!!!

Joyce said...

Barb--such fabulous inspiration. I think I am in love with your very first project.

diana said...

Great cards! Thanks for the ideas & inspiration as well as more must-have stamps to add to my list. ;-)

lindagrady said...

Gorgeous floral cards. I esp. like the first one using the daubers on the flowers. So colorful.

Lynne said...

Every single card you made are so beautiful that they could be framed!

lynneatw said...

Love your cards.

KFlaherty said...

Sweet, sweet cards! I agree with you that the palm die is fantastic. Thanks so much for showing such great ideas for the new Hero releases!

Carol from La Crosse said...

I LOVE ALL your cards!!! FANTASTIC ideas showing a lot of Hero Art stamps. Great colors too!!

Thank you so much for your inspiration and for this GREAT blog hop!!

SHartl said...

Loving your bright, fun cards! Thanks for the tips on different ways to use the inks and stamps. I'm a beginning card maker so am always looking for techniques and new ideas.

Unknown said...

Their all beautiful!

James Gray said...

Love each of your cards. They are all so different from one another but all beautiful!

Andrea B. said...

Your post was definitely not too long. Loved all the different kinds of cards you made - love the water-color effect of those flowers. I'm going to have to give that a try! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations!

sarah said...

Your cards are always so fabulous! I love the little hello stamp... So cute! :-)

Anonymous said...

Great cards. I like the bright colours of the first card - Thanks a bunch.
TFS.

ivy said...

Hi barb! What a great assortment of cards!! Fabulous!

Unknown said...

Great creativity. Loved all your cards and thanks for the give away.

Unknown said...

Fabulous cards...so talented....but I have to say I'm in love with the butterfly. Thanks for showings us how the pros do it and for the generous giveaway...you are so kind!! Gabbylou@live.com

Nana Griffin said...

I especially like the first card with the lines background.Great job on the rest too. I signed up to follow.

Kanan Pandya said...

These are amazing cards, Barb. So beautiful with all the colors and techniques, I especially love the second card and the last card with lots of shimmer on it.:-)

jusaweecatnap said...

wow. What a great collection of cards and techniques--each more interesting than the one before. Thanks for all the inspiration.

Unknown said...

I adore your cards especially the one where you used Distress Pads/Markers. I need to use them more. I appreciate the opportunity to win a prize. I try all the time but never win.

Gail Mc Nerney said...

LOve your cards!!! They are bright and show different techniques....super great job!!!

maz said...

Creativity unlimited love your techniques.

Scrapthat said...

What a fabulous variety of work you did! but I must say I LOVE the last work of art best. TFS

Unknown said...

Barb, you always make me want to own whatever stamp you're playing with - and you played with a lot of them here! Fantastic projects each and every one!

Casey-Diane said...

I love the flowers! Especially the aqua hello hello hello card!!

Karla said...

Loving your cards!!!!!! Thanks for a chance to win!

Ria said...

Wow! The card with the palm dies. I love it a lot. Thanks for the chance to win

Cindi said...

Great cards and a very generous giveaway! Thanks for sharing.

wimzcl1 said...


Love the new palm die - so versatile, but LOVE the funky background stamp.

Pam said...

Wow, these are fabulous!

Kathy H said...

Love all of your cards, especially the "Thanks" one!

Unknown said...

Fabulous cards, love the "Hello" one! Thanks for sharing!

katemade designs said...

All beautiful cards but that card made with the Dauber Bunch clear set is especially stunning.

Emily Leiphart said...

Incredible cards, Barb! You've outdone yourself. I love that first panoramic one for its happy colours and the splashed grass on the second is so cool! Really loving the angles on the third one and the layered flower on the fourth. Finally, I love how you inked up that last card!

ArtGekko said...

I love using vellum. I saw that card posted on Pinterest before i saw it here. :)

Becs Attwood said...

Wow- gorgeous cards! Thanks for sharing.

Jenny W said...

Lovely cards!

keeleykats said...

Hi Barb, Lovely samples! My favorite is the CAS vellum flower. Thanks for the inspiration and a chance to win some goodies! I follow you on Bloglovin. Blessings, Kym

Amanda said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards using the new Hero Arts stamps. Your glittery palm card is my favorite, too!

Ruth H said...

Barb, you've been really getting inky with it!! Lovely and creative cards, every one! The vellum posey is extra special.

Unknown said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! absolutely AMAZING BARB!!! I didn't think your post was too long at all...in fact, I wanted MORE! You are so talented and those cards are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! I have so many questions but I will e-mail them to you. You have me wondering about many of your techniques! ;) You are AMAZING!

jennifer.essad said...

I'm amazed at the different types of art or applications to making and designing greeting cards. Yours are beautiful-thanks so very much or offering us a chance to participate

Martha said...

Hi, Barb! Sorry to be missing so many of your lovely posts.

WOW...WOW...WOW...what beautiful cards you've created. You certainly made the new stamps & dies shine.

What a generous gift you are offering to a lucky individual.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Such great cards Barb. I love each and every one of them. I should be trying more techniques in the project to discover more.sharing Thanks for

Carey said...

Love the techniques you used on these cards. Thanks for sharing!

Amrita said...

beautiful cards!

Anonymous said...

Barb, all of your cards are terrific. But I, too, love the last one most of all! And thanks for the chance to win all of the goodies in your giveaway!

Unknown said...

I just love the flower you stamped on vellum...simply beautiful!

Marsha said...

I am so inspired by your use of distress inks! So different from what I've seen! Beautiful work.

Isha Gupta said...

Your creations are always fresh and inspiring Barb!! Love them all. TFS

Gunilla/Nilla said...

You are so talented and I love your work. Always such great inspiration.
I´m alread a follower on bloglovin.

Have a lovely day/Gunilla

Anonymous said...

Your cards are beautiful. I especially love the vellum flower card! It's so peaceful and a great design!

Hamutal Shafrir said...

Beautiful cards, love your creations.

Lucy Newton said...

Barb you rock girl, loved all your cards but the las one was off the charts!!!

loulou said...

Wow. What an amazing variety of wonderful designs. I love the variation in the techniques you have used. I really love your last card. The colours and design are gorgeous.

mimi said...

Lovely cards! I love that palm die also! And the glitter on it was fabulous!

Prentzess said...

I am overwhelmed with ideas for the Distress inks. I have every color, but am sometimes stuck in a rut on how to use them. You have inspired me!

cheiron said...

Gorgeous cards and use of color! Those glittery palms are to die for...fabulous technique!

jenbar said...

Such lovely soft looks on the cards. thanks

Small T said...

Your cards are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! :) xo

Kim D said...

Love your cards Barb! Can tell you had fun!

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