Hero Arts Winter 2020 Catalog Blog Hop

Hi, all! Super happy to be joining some of my favorite crafters in celebrating the latest release from Hero Arts. The Winter release is amazing, and I’m just tickled to be sharing a few cards made with the new goods.

First, if you are hopping along, you should have arrived here from Nina-Marie’s blog. (The next stop after mine is the blog of the lovely Wanda Guess!) If you just happened to have stopped by, welcome! Please join the hop! Lots of inspiration to be found, plus the chance to win one of three Hero Arts gift cards by leaving comments during the hop. Enter by leaving a comment between now and Sunday, September 6th at 11:59pm Pacific on this post or any of the other hop posts, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

So let’s get to it. I have four (!!!) projects to share with you, plus quite a lot to say! (Wink, wink!)

Each of my projects use the new Love Ornament Fancy Die. Hero Arts included several cool ornament dies in the new release. I picked one for today’s post and challenged myself to show several ways to use it. (Pressure. Is. On. Let’s do this.)

The Traditional Ornament Cards

Meet card no. 1.

For this card, I created a simple shaker with the die. I paired it with a circle die to cut a window from a transparency, as well as the white background of the shaker.

I was kinda fancy with the shaker’s beads, only putting green seed beads above the word and red ones below it.

And meet card no. 2.

I once again created a shaker card. This time, though, you can see the inside of the card. Say what? How...

Here’s what I did. I created the background with the Circle Pattern stamp and then I temporarily adhered it to my card. I opened the card up, set a circle die on it and then ran it through my die-cutting machine, which created a circle window. I removed the stamped panel. I placed vellum on the card and permanently adhered the circle panel to the card. Easy peasy, although looking back at what I just wrote, it sounds way more (way, way, way more) complicated than it was.

Then I built the ornament shaker, using the vellum window opening as the shaker base. Again, it’s really cool to see the inside of the card with this one.

Even though these cards were made different, they have a similar feel about them. They look pretty cool next to each other too.

A Stamped Card Made With the Die

Ok, so let’s just jump to card no. 3.

I really wanted to stamp something under the “love” word so that’s what I did here. I stamped the images with the new Cozy Town set (plus a few hearts and a “sending” word from the previously released Acts of Kindness set) on a circle of cardstock.

Now, let’s just slow down for a minute and be real, real as can be. I could have just used the circle as it was and stacked several love words on top. No, friends. Why do it the easy way, Teri? Get ready for this. I got all complicated and die-cut the image with the love word and then did some tedious inlaid die-cutting/assembly work. Learn from me. Maybe do it the easy way.

I felt like this card could easily be used as a holiday card or a “just thinking of you” kind of card so I purposely did not use the ornament hanger with the “love” ornament. I wanted to have the option to send this card whenever I felt like it…. late November, December or February or March… or whenever!

A Thinking of You Card

Moving on. We’ve made it to card no. 4. Hope you are still with me.

I wanted to simply make a card with the Love Ornament die that had no holiday or winter feel to it at all. None! So I made this quick “thinking of you” card.

I simply cut the ornament from cardstock and then used my markers to add color.

This design was really easy to pull off and would be easy to recreate. I could see changing up the coloring scheme and adding some hearts to the design to mass produce some Valentine’s Day cards.

Alright! So that is it for this stop on the blog hop! I hope you have enjoyed the cards. Don’t forget that the next stop on the hop is the blog of Wanda Guess. Plus you’ll find all the blog hoppers on the Hero Arts blog.

Hero Arts products used on my projects today:

(* = Brand new product)

Thinking of You Card Challenge: Day 3

Hi, guys!

Back again with another take on the Thinking of You Card Challenge with Ashley!

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I have been on a bit of a scene kick lately so, of course, I once again have a card with a stamped scene. This one features stamp from Ink Blot Shop’s get tired of a Flopsy Forest Friends and Tiny Bubbles stamp sets. (They are both available at Simon Says Stamp! as well.)

I went old school by doing a lot of fussy cutting to put this scene together. I stamped the bears, hearts and trees on a piece of cardstock  and went to town by coloring them in with markers. I went more with a specific look when I did the coloring, rather than subscribing to any traditional marker blending philosophy.

Lean in close for a minute, friends. I feel the need to confess something to you. I detest a lot of stuffy rules in card making and scrapbooking and really prefer to do my own thing, seeing where creativity takes me. And sometimes that means saying, “You know what. I don’t care about your (insert: marker blending) rules. I like the look I’ve got going on and am going to run with it for MY card.”

A stamped card by Teri || terisplace.wordpress.com

To give the bears (and the hearts too) a little extra pop, I applied some Nuvo Crystal Drops to them. It’s amazing how just a little something can add such pop.

Alright! That’s it for today. Be sure to swing by Ashley’s blog for her latest take on the challenge. Be back again tomorrow.

Thinking of You Card Challenge: Day 2

Hi, guys!

Back again with another take on the Thinking of You Card Challenge with Ashley.

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Today’s card features some images from the Flopsy Forest Friends stamp set from Ink Blot Shop. It’s a new one. (It’s available over on Simon Says Stamp! too.)

The words are from the Hello Lovely stamp set, also from Ink Blot Shop.

Hello Friend stamped card by Teri || Terisplace.wordpress.com

I once again used my awesome cheap markers I found on Amazon to do the coloring.  I also did a little creative masking to merge the mouse and stump together, so to speak.

The papers are all from my box of scraps. Always love mixing and matching patterned papers together and seeing what I come up with.

To add a little extra detail to the scene, I used Nuvo Crystal Drops in orange, pink and black. (The black is on the fox’s nose. It’s kinda hidden, but trust me, it’s there.)

That’s what I got. Once again, don’t forget to check out Ashley’s blog to see her latest take on the challenge. She’s got the cutest card today… in my “professional” card loving opinion and all. (Wink!)

Thinking of You Card Challenge: Day 1

Hi, guys!

Back again with another challenge card. This time Ashley and I are challenging each other to make Thinking of You cards.

The idea behind this challenge? We wanted to do something in the spirit of Happy Mail and make cards to send to our friends and loved ones. (By the way, my friends, Jennifer McGuire and Kimberly Crawford, both do a FANTASTIC job of encouraging card makers all the time to send out their stamped cards! You should check them out. Jennifer’s motto is “Share Handmade Kindness” and encourages others all the time, while Kimberly encourages folks to “Mail It Monday” and get those cards out. Not to mention, both are always sharing their creativity!)

Anyway, back to the card.

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I created this sweet little scene with some stamps from Ink Blot Shop’s Billy Silly Goats stamp set. Such a fun set with so many adorable goats. (It’s available through Ink Blot Shop, as well as Simon Says Stamp!)

I created the background by sponging some green and yellow ink on cardstock. Then I stamped the little scene. I also sponged a little black ink below the goats to ground them, so to speak. (Oh yeah, and I added some color to the fence, hearts and flowers with markers.)

I stamped the goats a second time on another piece of paper, colored them in with markers and fussy cut them out with my scissors. I used 3D Foam Squares to adhere them to my card so they’d pop up… and really stand out.

I Billy Miss You Goats stamped card by Teri || terisplace.wordpress.com

I completed the card by adding some extra details with liquid dots, a strip of patterned paper and a stamped sentiment. I think it turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself.

Alright! Be sure to swing by Ashley’s first take on the challenge. It’s amazing.

See you again soon. Thank you, as always, for stopping by!