Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hero Arts Hostess Reunion Blog Hop!

Hey there everyone!

(If you're looking for my Simon Says Stamp, Believe In The Season blog hop post, click here.)

Welcome to my blog! I'm excited to be participating in the Hero Arts Hostess Reunion blog hop, celebrating products from their newest 2016 release and winter catalog!


I always enjoy getting back together with my hostess sisters! We share a love of Hero Arts and card making and we sure have had a blast preparing for this hop! I've got lots of wonderful, holiday inspiration for you.

If you're arriving here from the blog of the talented Anita, you're in the right place. If you need to start at the beginning of today's hop, which is day 2, click to be taken to Donna's blog here. If you missed day 1 of the hop, click to be taken to Virginia's blog here.

Hero Arts will be awarding 4 prizes!
---Today's hop:
1 winner will receive a $25 Hero Arts shopping spree, randomly chosen from comments on all stops along the hop 

1 bonus prize on the Hero Arts blog
---Yesterday's hop
1 winner will receive a $25 Hero Arts shopping spree, randomly chosen from comment on all stops along the hop 
1 bonus prize on the Hero Arts blog The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your chance of winner! One comment per person. Please comment by Sunday Oct 30 by 11:59pm PT for a chance to win.

Okay, now that all the details are out of the way, let's get started! I had so much fun playing with some of the wonderful, holiday stamps from Hero Arts' recent release! 

My first two cards showcase holly stamps from the clear set called, Happy Holly Days. On this first one, I used Copic Markers and added white dots with a gel pen and some sequins for a bit of sparkle. I do love coloring holly!





Here's my second holly card, using the same set but different stamp. Again, colored with Copics. I love that you can take the sentiments from this set and create lots of different ones!




Boy do I love these amazing ornaments from the, Ornaments Stamp and Cut set! I heat embossed them in white, cut them out and colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I just had to add some sparkle with Wink of Stella because ornaments should definitely sparkle! :) The sweet sentiment comes with the set, along with a couple of others.
 



And last but not least, the Antique Poinsettia woodblock stamp. I ADORE it! Yes, I used my Copics again. I know, I know - but I can't help it - I love to color! This was the first time I've tried the hidden sentiment technique. I don't know why it took me so long. It's such fun and I love the results. The die cut sentiment is from an older Simon Says Stamp set that I thought went perfectly with this beautiful stamp!



That's it for me. I hope I've inspired you to get a head start making your Christmas cards, if you haven't already. Because the holidays can really sneak up on ya, can't they?

Okay, the next stop on the hop is my amazing, talented, sweet friend, Kathy Racoosin, at her blog, The Daily Marker. She is sure to WOW YOU!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

158 comments:

Shelley C said...

Beautiful cards!

Kailash said...

Wow Barb, such gorgeous coloring, absolutely LOVE your poinsettia card. It looks amazing. I have not tried that technique yet but now am inspired:-)))

Deborah Nolan said...

These are all great, but my heart belongs to the ornaments!

joy said...

Fabulous cards, Barb!

~amy~ said...

Barb, all of your cards are so pretty! LOVE your use of color!

StampinLouie said...

Oh My Goodness! These cards are right up my alley. THanks so much for sharing! I love to color too!

Teresa Doyle said...

Oh mercy Barb, you had me at the holly cards and then you made more! Love the ornaments and poinsettia cards too. All a fantastic!

Robin Platt said...

Love them all! They're so beautiful. Thanks for shattering your amazing talent.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Four gorgeous cards, Barb! Especially love your colorful ornaments! So great hopping with you today!!

Unknown said...

I love holly for Christmas cards but haven't found one yet. This one is perfect!

Lin said...

Beautiful designs, Barb! My favorite is your aqua poinsettia! Especially gorgeous with your hidden sentiment!

Cynthia said...

All of these designs are striking!

CinnamonSally said...

Wow fabulous cards Barb and your colouring of the holly is amazing.

angie said...

it's hard to pick a favorite - I like them all!

Russell Productions said...

Beautiful cards!

pcm said...

your coloring is amazing!

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Beautiful cards with awesome coloring ,loved the different color for poinsettia

Scraplea 1 said...

Wow, beautiful! Your coloring is wonderful and I love your ideas. The holly is gorgeous as are the ornaments and poinsettia, all so different. Thanks so much for sharing on the blog hop!!

Susan Lang said...

Love the coloring. Bold strong colors.

Kim Faucher said...

Barb your projects are always so beautiful. I enjoy seeing these.

Sharon Wentz said...

I especially like your beautiful poinsettia!

Debra Rumpza said...

What an awesome group of cards. I really like the coloring of the Holly Leaves in the second card and your unique color choices for the poinsettia. Very pretty!!

Peggy Pride said...

WOW! Love the coloring! The colors are so vibrant and crisp. Thanks!

Elaine said...

Nice design to your cards....lovely!

Lindar C said...

Love the holly and berry, so pretty and love poinsettias in any color.

Suzanne C said...

Barb the shadowing on all your cards is fantastic and made every image just pop beautifully! Fantastic designs and lovely cards! So happy to be hopping along with you and the hosti!

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Your cards are pretty. I like the elegance of the ornament card.

Daria Z. said...

Barb, your cards are fabulous! The grey shading on the second card is awesome - and so realistic. Hugs!

florence Mouradoff said...

Mes préférées sont la deuxième et la troisième, le houx est très réel et on dirait que l'on peut prendre les feuilles et les mettre sur la table. Les couleurs de la carte avec les ornements sont très jolies.

paperpicnic said...

I love so much about each of these beautiful designs, Barb! Your Copic coloring is amazing and inspiring! Love the dimension on the poinsettia card, too!

Martha Berry said...

Loved the two holly cards. I especially was interested in your shading and shadowing on the second holly card. Lots for me to learn by looking closely there. The poinsettia and ornament cards are lovely, too. The ornaments looked 3-D!

Sherry said...

beautiful!!! love the holly!

danceswithhooves said...

WOW - you are a true artist! Your coloring is breathtaking. I especially enjoy how you highlight your images with your soft backgrounds that "glow" around them. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us!

Chris Handy said...

My favorites are the holly cards, so pretty

Virginia Lu said...

Wowee! Brilliantly done on your post, Barb! I love various ways of your poinsettia coloring. Each one of them is captivating! I love the inking of the ornaments as well....so happy that we are doing this hop together! Hugs!

Lindsay S said...

The holly is so pretty and vibrant - love it!

Beverly said...

Wow! These are suck beautiful cards! Your copic coloring is awesome! I just love the poinsettia!

Sherri Clifford said...

Stunning! Love the coloring.

cissi said...

Barb, your cards are stunning all of them!

Barbara said...

Beautiful and unique cards for Christmas. Love them all. This blog hop is amazing!

cghundley said...

Gorgeous cards and
I love the ornament
one, beautiful colors.
Carla from Utah

Sandy McAllister said...

Wow you are very talented Love the holly on turquoise

Cat Craig said...

Fabulous coloring and designs Barb!

Arlene said...

I love your holly cards with some white dots - who would think that would so enhance a card.. YOU. :)

Those ornaments are beautifully done. They just pop off the card - beauties.

I've not done the poinsettia in those colors, but I WILL now. Gorgeous. And I never heard of the hidden sentiment technique - thank you for the tip.

Glad to hop again with you, dear Hostess sister.

Cathy said...

Love the cards! Beautiful coloring, they just look so pretty!

Melynn said...

Gorgeous cards-great coloring and color choices.

Z Sullivan said...

Gorgeous cards. I especially love the bit of background coloring. It anchors the design beautifully. TFS.

Carol Ric said...

Beautiful cards. tfs

Sue McRae said...

Wow Barb, fabulous assortment of cards! Your copic colouring is outstanding and the glittery ornaments are beautiful in their ombre colours.

Satori said...

Beautiful! Wonderful depth of colour achieved!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Beautiful cards, gorgeous coloring. That poinsettia is amazing!

MOI said...

Love all your uses of the holly. And the decorations are also awesome. Thank you for sharing.

Melissa Friedrich said...

Beautiful cards, love the holly and poinsettia with your amazing copic coloring. The ornament card is soft and sparkling, love it too!

Carol Didier said...

I just love the holly stamp - and your poinsettia is out of this world with the hidden sentiment!

Naama said...

These are great! No wonder you love to color, you're so good at it! I love these stamp sets, they do offer so many possibilities. Thanks for the inspiration!

Diann Brodnax said...

Wow .... your cards are absolutely stunning! :)

Deedles said...

Wonderful cards--really love the holly cards.

Rowena Miniaci said...

Just perfect!!!!

Cathy A said...

Stunning cards Barb, they are all s lovely it s hard to pick a favourite.

Diane said...

Wonderful cards! Love your coloring. I especially appreciate it when an artist uses the same set in multiple ways. It always help me to crawl outside of my box!

Nikki said...

Wonderful cards. Really like the first holly card. Great coloring.

Barb Ghig said...

Such a GORGEOUS collection of cards, Barb! You have really showcased the new stamps and dies beautifully! So happy you're part of the Hop today ~ Hugs, Barb

vicenta ghylin said...

Awesome cards. The blue poinsettia is beautiful . Thank you for sharing your ideas.

Heather Doran said...

Wow, wow and wow again, Barb, your cards are absolutely stunning! Wonderful designs and colouring/shadowing! Loving all the sparkle and colours on your ornament card too! It's been so much fun hopping with you again :)

bzyPTmom said...

Amazing cards--love the teal poinsettia--teal is my fav color at the moment, all of your cards are gorgeous!

Dee Earnshaw said...

Awesome cards - love how you colored them in especially the wonderful shadow effect you create:)

Renee Thompson said...

OK I love all of these! Your coloring on the second holly card is outstanding!

BunnyD said...

Great collection of cards! I love colouring with my Copics also. They are addicting!

Cindy Read said...

Very beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing!!

Emily Leiphart said...

So many incredible cards, Barb! Your gorgeous colouring really makes the leaves and petals pop off the card. It’s been so fun hopping with all my hostess sisters again!

Sabrina said...

Absolutely gorgeous and stunning cards!!!

Barbie said...

AAhh, I didn't even want the Ornaments stamp set until I saw your card. What a fun project for the kids to make paper ornaments and color them!

Judie said...

Wow beautiful cards!!! The last card is simply stunning!!!

donna mikasa said...

Gorgeous cards as always, Barb! And that camouflaged sentiment is so awesome! It's been such a blast hopping with you and the rest of the sistahs! Hugs!

cm said...

Gorgeous cards, all! Your poinsettia is especially striking! Festive spirit soaring...
~carol

Mary Holshouser said...

Wonderful cards.
I love the holly and berries that
do diagonal across the card. So
pretty.
that poinsettia is gorgeous.
thanks for sharing

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like how varied the holly berries look. Like how the ornaments look like they have dimension with the striped lines.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Stunning projects. TFS

Nandini said...

Wow! The coloring is stunning! I feel like I can pick up the leaves from the card! And I love the Ornaments set. I have ordered it long ago. But it seems to be out of stock! Hopefully I will get it soon.

Betty Keefe said...

lovely cards, Barb

Gloria Reynolds said...

Ooh, love the shadowing. That first card was wonderful, but the second one, HELLO!!!

Maye M.L said...

Incredible coloring. The images pop out of the page. Really nice set of cards. Cheers!

LaVon Hall said...

Beautiful work as is your norm. I love the first one with the diagonal positioning of the images.

gabriella said...

I like your first and last cards best, great colors

Nancy K said...

Your cards are awesome, just like you sweet friend! Your coloring is just so amazing, I'm totally inspired! I'm so happy we had a chance to do another hostess hop! Hugs and love!

Andrea1702 said...

Beautiful cards! I love how you created two very different cards with the holly stamp, and those blue poinsettia is gorgeous!

Cindy C. said...

Impressive cards Barb!! Definitely inspired, love how you colored everything!!

mtscrapgal said...

I'm partial to holly and poinsettias too. All your cards are beautiful. Excellent coloring.Thanks for the inspiration.

Roz M. said...

Such a wonderful (and inspirational) set of cards, Barb! I particularly like the sense of shadow you've created in the second card: amazing!

Judy said...

Your blue poinsettia card is AMAZING!!! I love your other 2 cards also, but that blue one knocked my socks off. Thanks for sharing.

bev p said...

I really like the first two. The cascading effect is just very striking. Thank you.

Judy Tuck said...

Beautiful set of cards Barb. Your colouring is perfect!

Sue LD said...

Beautiful card designs.

Tammy J said...

The cards are gorgeous. I love both of the holly cards but they all are so pretty.

Carissa said...

Just love the holly leaves! They looked great. Very cool to see the variations, liked the one diagonal line across the page.

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful holly cards, ornaments and poinsettia! Love all of these pretty designs and your coloring!

Shirley N said...

Beautiful cards. I love your sparkly ornaments!

Tiffany Ervin said...

Absolutely stunning projects!! Really love how you made the holly leaves really pop off the card with the shadowing! Love the depth and texture to all of your cards!

TK said...

Beautiful products! It's obvious why you color... they're gorgeous!

Crafty Little Peach said...

These are all just gorgeous!!! I love all that color!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Wow! Barb, all of your cards are amazing! Love all your coloring and those ornaments are awesome! It's been such fun to hop with you again!

Linda Peabody said...

Wow, that poinsettia is breathtaking. And your copic coloring on the holly is fab.

Janet D. said...

All of your cards are stunning! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!

Shelly said...

WOW! These are absolutely, STUNNING! Love!

Christy Q said...

Your cards are all just incredibly breathtaking!! I love how the poinsettias pop off the card front.

Carolee McCaslin said...

Your cards are all so amazing!!!

Kelly Harms said...

Too hard to pick a favorite - they are all so beautiful and bold!

stampwithsandy said...

Oh my gosh I love all your cards! Your coloring is so vibrant, especially against all that beautiful white space!

Abby said...

Nice cards!

Katy said...

Each of your cards made me smile, I think that I felt like I could actually imitate what you did and end up making something similar. I so enjoy being able to learn from a blog, and yours is a great place to visit!

Sheila H said...

Gorgeous coloring - your cards are fabulous!

Kelly Booth said...

WOWZER.....LOVE LOVE LOVE your cards!! xoxoxoxo

Hannah Means said...

Very pretty cards all!

cindybearj said...

I absolutely love all your cards! I would hate to have to choose which I like the best! They are all gorgeous!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

I love that poinsettia stamp. It is calling me!

Barb Oliver said...

Barb, Your cards are so inspirational! Ad Oh what beautiful coloring skills you have. Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia Cole said...

Your cards are all beautiful!

BeverlyBL said...

Lots of pretties. Cool holly cards.

Cyndee said...

Your colors are so striking. Such beautiful cards!

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards!! All the cards are very beautiful!! Love the second card!! Very beautiful coloring!! The last card is stunning!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Nicolette said...

You are very talented. Your coring skills are fantastic. What great cards you've made. Thank you.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

You have created beautiful cards!

Martha said...

Barb, what beautiful cards you've created. Your coloring skills ROCK! The last one is my favorite...love the look of that technique.

Karen L K said...

Wow you went all out! That second holly card is so nice and the holly looks very dimensional with your fab coloring. All of your cards are great looking.

Karin Åkesdotter said...

Absolutely WONDERFUL!!!!

TatianaCraftAndArt said...

Great amazing beautiful cards! Love your coloring, color choice and incredible shading! Well done!

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Stunning cards!!!

Linda Whitaker said...

REALLY LOVE your cards the poinsettas & the holly berry ones in particular. But all looked Great! Thank you for showing your lovely cards to us.

Nancy Ketcham said...

Love the holly. Love the ornaments. Great cards!

Michele K. Henderson said...

Fabulous! The color is amazing, and the holly leaves and berries are just gorgeous!

Leanne said...

Beautiful cards!

Nana Griffin said...

All of these are very lovely.

jintyoo7 said...

Hello Barb,

What a wonderful hop and reunion :-)
Your cards are stunning and your colouring amazing - love them all :-)

Louanne said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the ornament card! All of your cards were inspiring - thanks for sharing.

Linda M said...

Beautiful cards! Love all of them!

Maureen Chandler said...

WOW! Your cards are just beautiful - thanks so much for sharing!

CathyL said...

All of these cards are lovely!

Egret said...

The coloring is really masterful!

Jean Bullock said...

Superb coloring and wonderful stamping. Well done.

Ann K said...

Love the holly and coloring - well done!!!

Cheryl Bates said...

Barb, it shows that you like to color. Your cards are all festive and bright with the colors you chose for the cards. My favorite is the ornament card. It's great to get inspiration from talented card crafters.
Thanks for sharing!
Cheryl

mandalj said...

Wow! Your colouring is lovely! I especially love the shading on the ornaments!

sammi said...

Barb, your coloring is just amazing! You've created such stunning effects with your choice of colors and shading! I am in awe of your talent!

Helen Gullett said...

Barb, they are stunning and gorgeous card with your creative coloring. WOW!

Carmela Hubler said...

Your colors are so vibrant. Love the holly on both cards and the poinsettia is so pretty in blue!

Miriam Prantner said...

Your coloring is absolutely amazing! These are all works of art! I am especially loving that last one, wow!

Dawn Turley said...

beautiful cards with amazing colouring Barb. All of them are stunning and love your hidden sentiment.

Jean said...

Such beautiful cards! Loving the holly!

Char K said...

Wow, Barb! Love each of these!

Karen B. said...

Gah! Each of these are just beautiful! Your are so talented.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Wow! Your coloring is incredible!

Carey Nusbaum said...

Beautiful cards Barb! Your coloring is fantastic! I wish I had your coloring talent! I have never tried the hidden sentiment either! I am now intrigued and will be trying it soon! I love poinsettia stamps too! I like the color of your poinsettia! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win!

Alaska .Kris said...

Those are all amazing!

chantal gommans said...

Love it!!!!!!

Betty J said...

Thank you for sharing such beautiful cards!

Jeanne-Marie said...

Your holly just pops off the page, so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your work!

Kate B said...

Wow! Amazing cards! I love how you colored around the images to give them dimension!

Unknown said...

Love all the cards