Thursday, February 19, 2015

Spring 2015 Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop!

Hi and welcome to the last stop on the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop!


My hostess sisters and I have been featuring fabulous stamps this week from the new 2015 release and we hope we've given you some fun ideas for using these awesome new stamps! If you’ve been following along, you’ve just arrived from the awesome and talented Cheiron's blog, My Crafty Life!

  • Hero Arts will be giving away three prize packs containing an assortment of Hero Arts goodies (new 2015 Spring Catalog included!) For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day’s starting post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!
  •  The commenting deadline is Sunday, February 22 at 11:59pm PST.
  •  From all eligible comments, three winners will be selected at random and announced on the blog next week.
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We were all sent some new stamps to play with and I couldn't wait to get started! I love the Tropical Background Cling stamp and I could not stop playing with it. You can get so many different looks from this one stamp.


This card took awhile to create but I love playing with ink so it was fun! , after white embossing the image, I added color with three different Distress Inks, a bit of water and a tiny paintbrush. And that fabulous sentiment is from a set called, Happy Stamp and Cut. It comes with the Happy die and a bunch of coordinating sentiments!

This next card was done by stamping the same image in black and clear embossing.




I love how it turned out! The colors were added using Distress Inks and a foam applicator. I have to thank my friend Kelly for giving me this fun idea!

And yes, I made one more card using this awesome stamp! This one is a bit more subtle.


This time, I inked up the stamp with a few different shades of blue ink, spritzed with just a little water, then stamped it onto a piece of watercolor paper. I love that new sentiment stamp - it's a little wood stamp called, Thankful.

I DID play with another stamp set too. This one is called, Stamp Your Own Plant. It comes with a wonderful variety of leafy images. I used one of the leaf clusters from the set, stamping the image with a couple of different shades of green Distress Inks.



I added some splatters and inked the edges of my panel before stamping the sentiment. Love those mixed fonts!


And that's a rap! We hope you have all enjoyed the hop! If you've missed any of the stops along the way, please head over to the Hero Arts blog to find all the days and links of the hop.

Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥ 

174 comments:

Heather Maria said...

Wow fabulous cards, Barb! I love seeing how you achieved so many different gorgeous looks using the Tropical Background stamp! Your last card looks wonderful - gorgeous design and I love the beautiful mix of greens and the splatters!

loulou said...

Gorgeous cards. I can't believe how versatile that tropical background is. You created so many lovely styles with it. This stamp is definitely on my wish list.

Katie said...

W O W ! ! Amazing cards. The black background is so dramatic! Appropriate for Mardi Gras!

Pam T. said...

Beautiful cards! I love new releases. Always excited to see what everyone does with them!

Shelly Bowe said...

Gorgeous cards and the background stamps are so versatile. You have given me some great ideas!

cheryl l. said...

Great cards!! The 3rd and 4th cards are my favorites.

Ava said...

Gorgeous cards, Barb. That bg stamp looks like fireworks when paired with the blue inks. A great card!

Libby Hickson said...

Gorgeous card, Barb! The first one especially makes me so HAPPY! (Go figure.) :-)

Nancy said...

Oh Barb, you are so creative! Love the many ways you used the tropical background! Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration!

TracyM #6773 said...

WOW wow WOW
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS cards Barb!!!
LOVE your ELEGANT leaf-filled card and ADORE your STUNNING Tropical background cards - they are SO EXCITING and HAPPY :)
THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION ... SO MUCH I NEED to buy and try!!!

V Marcus said...

I love your cards. So bright and cheery!

Laura B. said...

Beautiful projects, Barb!

Kathy H said...

I love the tropical stamp on black. It looks amazing!

~amy~ said...

Barb, your cards are amazing!

Linda said...

gorgeous cards, Barb. Love the bright tropical card! TFS!

bonami2b said...

Awesome cards. I love the thankful for you card.

Melissa F said...

Wow, amazing cards! Love all the different looks with the tropical background stamp from soft to vibrant. Simply stunning!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the variety from colorful with a bold impact as well.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Thalia said...

Just gorgeous cards. I love how you got so many different looks from one stamp!

richardbreaks said...

I had to laugh at myself. I oohed and ahd my way throught this post, with each one bigger than the one before! So lovely!

Tami B. said...

These are so pretty. I really love the first one.

Kelly Booth said...

Awesome creations Barb...you really did that background proud!!! xoxoxo

Jackie Parkins said...

Beautiful cards! I love what you did with the Tropical Background.

Kailash said...

All your cards are simply gorgeous Barb, the 2nd one is especially striking!!!

ThePurplePlace said...

JUST an FYI -- the link for Cheiron's post is not working, but I was easily able to find this post....

WOWEEEEEEEEEE! Have you been busy --I am so loving this wonderful new Hero Release and know it's going to have me spending MONEY I should not...but HOW can I resist.....

Thanks for your fabulous ideas ....beautiful cards, Barb!!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

I love the Stamp your own plant set. I think I see a stamp in my future! thanks

Betty Sue said...

Love how you used the background stamp. So pretty.

I Card Everyone said...

Most of my favorite background stamps come from Hero Arts, Barb... this one is fabulous, and love what you've created with it!! The black may be my favorite!
=] Michele

Barb Ghig said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards, Barb! I love how you played with the Tropical Background stamp...definitely on my wishlist! I also love your CAS design on your last card...so lovely!

judkajudi said...

you worked magic with that background stamp!! Awesome!! Loved hopping with you and can't wait to see you again. Biggest hugs!!

Renee M said...

I especially like how you colored your first card with that great background--so lovely! Thanks for sharing.

Susie Sonnier said...

Great job! So Pretty!

Lauren said...

Oh my! The things you did with that background stamp made me view it in a completely new light!

Iris said...

Such pretty cards - love the colors and leafy branches
isoscia at aol dot com

Virginia Lu said...

You really showcase that Tropical Background so very BEAUTIFULLY! I am loving each and every version ( I am partial to the 2nd!!). The CAS design on the 3rd one is fabulous, too! So happy to hop along with you today, Barb!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Beautiful collection of cards! Love the vibrant colours on the black background, looks like fireworks! hugs :)

Maude said...

Wonderful cards....it was great to see that tropical background stamp done so many ways. I especially liked the black one -- stunning.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, these cards are all so beautiful! Love the new releases! Your kitty is adorable and looks a lot like our cat Snowie!

Leni said...

The leaves stamp set is on my wish list! And how you used the tropical background stamp.....awesome!!!

Skraperella said...

Your cards are gorgeous Barb! The Tropical background stamp is awesome 😄

Brandi R said...

Oh...I love all of these!!! Gorgeous cards, Barb ♥

adele holcomb said...

These are all beautiful, Barb! I like the blue version of the tropical background best, and also love your use of the leaf stamp.

Cindy C. said...

Gorgeous cards Barb!! The first two especially striking!!!

Michele Clay said...

Golly, Barb! I am so glad that you did 3 different cards with the Tropical Background stamp. They each have their own look and you've inspired me much! That Stamp Your Own Plant looks gorgeous, too. Hero Arts has put out one of the best releases this spring! Thanks much, Barb and Hero Arts! Blog was one of the best, too!

joy said...

That Tropical Background is my favorite of the whole release! Love that you used it in three different ways, Barb!

conil said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that tropical background on all 3 of those cards and then here you come with the delicacy of those leaves on the fourth. A total pleasure visiting you today.

luluvision said...

Ooh! The tropical background stamped in black really pops out! Love that! Thanks for sharing!

Barbara said...

Beautiful and different looking cards from the tropical background, showing the versatility of the set and love the leaf background, too. That card may have been my favorite by a tiny bit. Fantastic blog hop...sad it's over. :(

Diane Stricker said...

Absolutely beautiful cards. Your coloring is fantastic.

cissi said...

Love all of your cards Barb. Didn't really like that Tropical stamp until I saw what you did with it!

Betty Keefe said...

fantastic 3 cards from one stamp and love the last one with the leaves.

Sue McRae said...

You've showcased the Tropical Background magnificently Barb with all your fun colour choices!

Pat said...

I love them all but really enjoyed the layout of the leaf stamp. Great job on all.

Kathy (krolski) said...

I'm loving all the beautiful backgrounds you created with the same stamp and the wonderful colors. Wowzers! I think it's going on my must have list after seeing your cards Barb. lol. So glad to be hopping with you this week!

Joan said...

Love seeing the same stamp used in so many different ways. Your cards are beautiful!

kiaretta said...

Great use of the background! Have to try it

Kristie Goulet said...

LOVE that background stamp and the many ways you used it here. Awesome!

cma21317 said...

Really pretty card. Excellent choice of colors. Great Job

fyk said...

Love your cards!! Especially that second one...it's so vibrant! Love the colors!!

Dan DePasquale said...

Wow!! Love your cards! You incorporated the stamps with the sentiments beautifully. Thanks for sharing!!

Karine said...

Love all your cards, but the first one is just stunning!

Amante del Papel said...

all your cards are stunning and so beautiful!

CinnamonSally said...

Fabulous cards Barb and great use of the Tropical Background so much variety and inspiration. What a fun hop its been!!

donna mikasa said...

Fabulous set of cards, Barb! And now I want that Tropical BG stamp! Loved hopping with you and the rest of the sistas! Hugs!

Lieve said...

Wow ! You made four GREAT cards ! Amazing what you did with the Tropical Background on the three first cards.
Number four looks simple, but oh so beautiful !
Thank you for the inspiration !!

Valerie Wood said...

Gorgeous cards! Love how you achieved different looks with same stamp and technique! Thanks for the inspiration. My wish list just got a lot longer!

Kathryn S said...

You really captured the " tropical" feel with that BG stamp, Barb - stunning cards!

Patsy Hattori said...

Such cute cards. I like seeing one stamp used different ways.

Kristina B. said...

Gorgeous cards as always. Beautiful inking.

Barb said...

great cards

Laura Norris said...

Barb, you have really showcased that great stamp today! Such different looks, but all so beautiful!

Linda Rubarski said...

Wow love how used the same set so many different ways.

Toni said...

These turned out fab! It never occurred to me to use my sponge daubers in that way. Duh!

Suzy Que said...

Love how many ways that tropical background stamp can be used. Nice cards.

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the tropical background stamp. It looks like bursts of fireworks. Each card is colored so differently and gives the same stamp so many different looks.
The last card is so pretty too
thanks for sharing.

Patt H. said...

What an amazing background stamp! So many different looks with the same stamp. I love them all. My fave is the first one. The leaf card is really outstanding. I love the simplicity & beautiful colors>

SuprFoxDesigns said...

Love, love, love all your cards! The colors in your tropical backgrounds are amazing, and make that stamp so versatile and I love the leaves and your thank you card- super pretty!!!!!! So many ideas to use the new stamps in imaginative ways

Irene Grau said...

I knew I loved that tropical background for a reason. Loved how you used it. that first card with the multicolors makes it look almost like fireworks. and the black card is stunning. Thanks for the inspiration!

Karenladd said...

Wow, what a variety of beautiful card backgrounds using the same stamp! So versatile and so creative!

Amy C. said...

That first card is quite a stunner! Awesome colors!

Donnadoll said...

I love how you made the backgrounds look like fireworks! Great cards! Thanks for the opportunity to win some great products.

Kim Faucher said...

Great backgrounds! Looks like a fun time stamping!

Beastybunny said...

Love the cards! The variations with the same background image is amazing!

Donna Dacy said...

BOY OH BOY! Did you show lots of different looks using the Tropical background stamp. Each and everyone of those are beautiful. I also love the Stamp Your Own Plant. So delicate. Your cards are beautiful. GREAT JOB! TFS

Sue D said...

Awesome backgrounds with the tropical stamp and lovely leaf cluster card.

Lisa H. said...

Beautiful cards containing so many different looks, especially with that background stamp. Thanks for the inspiration today!

N Patricia Castillo said...

These are amazing! I love all the color that you added in so many different ways!

Nancy Ketcham said...

Your cards are like a party. I love how you made each background so different.

Nana Griffin said...

Fantastic! All your backgrounds are wonderful.

Kris in Alaska said...

My favorite is the stunning black embossed background!

jcobb said...

Gorgeous! And your first card makes me feel as if summer is bursting out all over! I love the Tropical background stamp!

Lin said...

Barb, your work with the Tropical Background is wonderful; so many different ways to use this! And your leafy card is just as lovely, love the soft branches! Such a joy to be hopiping with the sistas again this year!

CathyL said...

Love how you used the tropical background!

Shelley C said...

Just love your cards, and that background stamp. It so versatile, and you showed that very well!!!

pta4him said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards. I love the black one the most.

Carrie R. said...

All your cards are just beautiful. I really like there versatility of the background stamp.

McStamper said...

Great! Love your backgrounds.

maria f. said...

Who needs subtle... that black beauty is just that. Black and beautiful. Wow, Barb. What a way to show off that stamp.

Emo Marie said...

I love the background so much!

sueymem said...

I love the vibrant colors on the black Tropical Background. Stunning.

Brithzi said...

I loved seeing how with one stamp you can achieve different looks just by combining ink colors and techniques. You amazed me. Thank you for sharing your talent.

TD said...

Wonderful! I love how you used the same stamps to show different looks. I'm just getting back into crafting and seeing creations like yours really get me motivated. :)

Clemente Batan said...

Love the tropical background stamp especially when you used it on your second card.

Rose said...

Such lovely cards! Love the different ways you did the Tropical Background.

Tammy J said...

The first 3 cards are so awesome. I just love that background stamp. Good job Barb and thanks for sharing.

aileen (mum) said...

Barb, you have totally showcased the tropical background stamp. You never cease to amaze me with your brilliant style.

Tiffany Ervin said...

WOW, Barb!!! Really love all the different variations of colors on your tropical background cards!! They are all beautiful colors, both bold and also, delicate and soft! I really love the last one with the arranged leaves!! So perfect for springtime just around the corner! Glad we were able to hop together again this year - hope next year we can do this again, too!!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Stunning cards, BArb! Just love what you did with the tropical background three ways - especially love the first one with the watercolors! And your stamp your plant card is wonderful too. So fun hopping with you this week, my friend!

Janet Mack said...

I love all three versions of the Tropical background. I can't wait to get this stamp.

Ellen S. said...

These cards are absolutely gorgeous!

Nora N. said...

My favorite blog posts are when people use a stamp on more than one card, showing how versatile it is. I LOVE all of them but your third card with the blues is my favorite!! Lovely design!

pcm said...

they're all great but i love that how that neon pops with the black!

Patty said...

I think it's so funny that you couldn't get enough of the tropical background stamp!! It is my favorite of the new release! The cards you made with it are gorgeous!! I also really love your last one using the stamp your own plant stamp!!

sabbycat said...

WOW! I guess I didn't believe you used the same background stamp because I had to go back and look at the first one again. And then the third one had me backing up too. It's amazing how different they all look, depending on the technique you used. One thing they all had in common was their beauty! TFS.

Beatrice Lawson said...

Love seeing the same stamp used with such stunningly different results. All I can say is wow!

jamie vanskiver said...

Wow! I love your cards! Such very different looks with the same stamp- very cool! The last card is my fav. I love the stamp set and the leaves are so pretty, but how you used it is so very pretty and I love the inked edge as well. Plus that sentiment is great:)

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Wow love the black and neon card!!!

Christine R. said...

Great cards! I love that background stamp and how you used it!

Miriam Prantner said...

You have totally showcased that background stamp, fantastic and such different cards. I really love that last card too, so controlled and fantastic placement of the stamps.

Cheri Hochstettler said...

Beautiful cards. I love the background stamp.

Laceysocks said...

Beautiful cards! I love all the colors!

Deborah Nolan said...

Love the multiple takes on the tropical background stamp, and that last card is truly elegant!

AlbinoPI said...

Love your cards. Amazing the different looks you got all using the same stamp. Very versatile.

Smriti said...

Love the spark of color on the black background!

Linda S. said...

I think my favorite of your cards on the hop is the Thankful one. So simple, yet so elegant. When I first saw it I said, "Oh, what a beautiful Sympathy card". Just goes to show the versatility of this stamp.

Nan said...

Thanks for showing different looks with one stamp set! Amazing!

Becs Attwood said...

Fabulous cards, so many great ideas for using that lovely new background stamp. Thanks for sharing.

Marilyn Cruz said...

Wow... such a happy card. Great cards!

irisesther54 said...

These are great cards. Love the background.

gabriella said...

Hi barb, I have never been to your blog before, like your header with the tulips. I also like the fourth card you showed. Stay warm

Jessica Backer said...

All cards are gorgeous! Love the tropical flower background stamp.

NJ Stamping Queen said...

the first card is my favorite but they are all wonderful!
:) Marie

Emily Leiphart said...

So many beautiful cards, Barb! I really love the colour detail on the first card and the way you framed the sentiment on the last card is perfection. It's been so fun hopping with you!!

Kamila R. said...

Oh my! So many beautiful cards!! I love blog hops! Your cards are super gorgeous! I love the black stamped background card such a great idea!

graham Brand said...

These cards are AWESOME. Love the variety using one stamp.

Janet L. said...

Yowza! Your cards are terrific!!

mtscrapgal said...

Thanks for the great inspiration. The cards are beautiful.

Arlene said...

WOW, when I need inspiration, I'm coming here. I love the way you used the Tropical Background stamp. You have the WOW factor going on here.

Love the way you used the leaves, beautifully arty.

Chark said...

love your different looks with one stamp--the black one is prob my favorite, but every card is beautiful!

Karen King said...

Hero Arts background stamps are the best! Great cards!

MagsB said...

Oh my, what gorgeous variations on the Tropical background stamp - your cards are so inspiring! And in contrast the leaf one is so simple and restful. Beautiful! x

love Mags B x

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Absolutely awesome!!! Such different effects with one stamp!

bzyPTmom said...

Beautiful cards, amazing what you can make using the same stamp with different techniques--just love all your cards!

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous cards. Love the colouring on the first one and the black with the brights. Stunning. Hugz

Suzanne C said...

Barb what a treat! You knocked it out of the park with that tropical background. I was afraid to try it and you came up with three different and gorgeous ways to use it! Love all the cards! Happy to be hopping with you this week!

Beach Girl 115 said...

Fantastic cards! Your tropical background cards remind me of fireworks!

Ruby N said...

Wow these are amazing!

Melissa D said...

Love the way you have used the tropical background in these, it almost looks like fireworks the way you have coloured them.

ivy said...

Hi barb! Such pretty cards! That black one is so fun! Reminds me of those black velvet neon art back in the 70's!

Jacqueline said...

My favorite is your last card, so love the stamped leaves!

Cindi said...

I love all the different looks you got from the Tropical Background stamp

Bobby said...

I love the different ways you used that background stamp, Barb, but my favorite is the leaves. So soft and natural.

Jenn Biederman said...

Hi Barb!!! I love what you did with the tropical background...so want this stamp! I particularly love that sentiment...might have to go start making a wish list to give to my hubby. Loved hopping with you, dear sistah & friend! Hoping I can make it up north to see you and Linda soon! Hugs!

SherylH said...

What great cards Barb! Love the use of embossing and distress inks. The first one is my favorite and the colours do make me happy. The Tropical Background is now on my wishlist along with the Stamp your own plant as I can't resist a great leaf image.

Terri said...

Barb all of your cards are beautiful and I really just love that first one!

Nancy K said...

Oh wow, each card is just so gorgeous, Barb! I love the different color combos with the Tropical Background. Your last card is just so elegant; perfect!

Flo said...

The cards with the tropical background are great but my favorite is the plant builder card. Very nice. Thanks.

Mary-Anne V said...

Very pretty use of the bavkground stamp.

Dianne Guilinger said...

I love all that you did -- the one with the bright colors was a real stand-out!

Helen Gullett said...

Oh Barb!!!! I love love love them!!!! that black and bright color card is so cool! The last card is super beautiful :)

Deeps said...

I think that tropical stamp is going to be my new fav. Love the different looks you did with it.

Monika Reeck said...

woowww that flower background looks different on each card the first one how clever you made it in orange yellow and green and nice Happy sentiment too the black and that color on your second card looks so magicaly wonderful the third card lovely green and blue and nice big sentiment on it last card woooowww wonderfully done and I adore too that splatter and that leafs

Great Post Barb
Big hugs, Monika

Larissa Heskett said...

Wowowowowowowow!! AWESOME Projects!! II LOVE them ALL!! :-) THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!!! :-)

scrappykate said...

Barb, your backgrounds have blown me away! I've been craving the Tropical background stamp already, but you've showed me some new ways to use it. In the first card with the ink painting, I hardly knew it was the same stamp. And I love the drama of your second card.

BoĆŒena AdamusiƄska said...

Beautiful and elegant card. Beautiful color cards. Interesting ideas on the use of stamps. Great background stamp, worthy of desire.
Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.
Regards,
Bozena

BoĆŒena AdamusiƄska said...

Beautiful and elegant card. Beautiful color cards. Interesting ideas on the use of stamps. Great background stamp, worthy of desire.
Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.
Regards,
Bozena

Lee Anne said...

Beautiful projects! Loving that background stamp!

brenda said...

I love your cards! Just changing the embossing from white to black gave the same stamp such a different look!

Taunya Butler said...

WOW - I am digging that awesomely cool background and the many creative, clever ways you have used it - Way to go!! You are incredible!!!

Memories by Manda said...

I love the different looks you've created with the one background stamp.I enjoy seeing how people use the new releases in the blog hops! Thanks for sharing.

Kathy said...

Hi Barb!! Sorry I am so late but, wowza you rocked my boat. Love how you were able to achieve three entirely different looks with that background stamp. That second one if my fav STUNNNIIINNNGGGGG!! SUCH TALENT :) Excited to see you soon. Hugs, Kathy

Karen L K said...

Wow Barb you did a great job on showing how to get really different looks, all great.

Robin K. said...

Lovin' all the different looks with the tropical BG stamp- especially the one with the vibrant colors! Nice job Barb!

Lynn Put said...

These are all such incredible cards! Love all the different looks and pretty colors.