Thankful for Hero Arts + Happy New Year Card

Once my curiosity for the crafting world was ignited in 2009, my search for inspiration has always been endless. I remember sometimes going to the craft store and spending time there, looking at the stamps and thinking of all the things that I could create with them. It was at Archivers where I saw Hero Arts stamps for the very first time, and I fell in love with them. As you can imagine, I became a fan of them. I started checking out their blog everyday, and of course, I also started participating in their challenges. I recall the first time I was one of the winners of a generous prize with this card:


OMG! I was so excited! I might of had a big smile for days or weeks. I thought of how fortunate the talented team members were to be part of the Hero Arts family and how nice it would be to be one of them (sigh). Obviously, I continued participating, and every single time I received a prize, the happy dance certainly took place in my house 🙂

Anyways, I don’t like to brag about this, but two of my cards were selected to be on the cover of Paper Crafts Magazines back in 2011, and I used Hero Arts products on them (Peacock Card (left) & Butterfly Card (right). I loved that!  Some other cards were also selected for other issues using Hero Arts products as well.


The prizes, the publications, and the joy of doing something that I really like, kept feeding my love for card making. One of my favorite cards that wasn’t intended for any publication is this one:


I have to confess that in 2014 I was a little bit unmotivated. My mojo was down, and I had reached that point when you ask yourself if you should keep creating. I have always thought that when you wish with your heart, things come true. I was at that stage, when I received an email from sweet Libby Hickson, to invite me to be part of the Hero Arts Creative Team. The happy dance started again! I felt so honored to received such an unexpected and amazing invitation.

This was a great incentive for me to continue on the path of creativity! I am so grateful for Hero Arts, and for all their help, guidance and trust that they have had in me. I loved that my cards have been included in many of their catalogs (including covers) and besides that, they even gave me the chance to select a couple of color combinations with my name on them!

For two years it has been a pleasure to work with the Hero Arts Creative Team members, and learn from them too. All these ladies have always amazed me with such a great talent that they have. I love their different styles and creations.

I know every card maker has a different story, but I can say that it’s always a good motivation to have access to different sources of inspiration,  that makes you want to create more and more. I have belonged to different design teams along the way, always grateful to have the time to help these companies to showcase and promote their products. However, I am a firm believer that changes are good. Sometimes you don’t have a choice but some others, you do. Since last September, I took the opportunity to become a part timer as a crew member of  Fun Stampers Journey and I have committed to work exclusively for their brand. Today, my term with Hero Arts has come to an end. This is bitter sweet.  The Hero Arts family will always remain in my heart and will have my gratitude. I am very thankful for having had the chance to work with them.

Definitely, I can not conclude this post without sharing another Hero Arts card featuring one of the My Monthly Hero of December add-on products called Happy New Year Stamp and Cut.


Please be sure to see who the new Hero Arts team members are… I can say that Hero has chosen right. These ladies are very talented, so I am sure they will make the HA products shine even more. Click >>>HERE<<< to meet them.


So I hope 2017 brings to all of us the chance to fulfill all of our new year’s resolutions, as well as love, health and prosperity.

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Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Have a wonderful crafty 2017!


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12 thoughts on “Thankful for Hero Arts + Happy New Year Card

  1. Your cards are gorgeous Mariana. I’ve admired your style for so long! Congratulations on you work with HA and your new adventures with Stamper’s Journey! Wow! What a blessing to be able to do what you love, as your work. Way to go!!!

  2. Happy 2017, Mariana!! I have ALWAYS enjoyed your posts and especially with Hero Arts products. You have been an amazing addition to the HA DT! I certainly can understand the creative growth and changes with each stage. I wish you all the best with Fun Stamper’s Journey and I look forward to being inspired in 2017. Hugs!

  3. A very Happy New Year, Mariana! Thank you for sharing your creative journey and how Hero Arts made such an impact on your life! Continued success with FSJ! Love and hugs!

  4. Mariana, what a lovely post! I have always been a fan of your work with Hero Arts products, right from the very start! I had to chuckle as I looked through your post asnd saw so many of your cards that I have memorized! Pinned! CASEd! Thank you for so many inspiring cards and posts…you will continue to shine no matter what and Hero Arts will always be a special part of your journey. Continued crafty happiness to you!

    • Judy, thank your for taking the time to write some lines here on my blog. I am glad you have found on my cards a source of inspiration! I love that! Certainly I will continue posting FSJ projects here, Instagram and Facebook. Thanks again for visiting. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  5. What gorgeous inspirational cards you make. I can’t believe I found hero arts today and through them found you. And now you’re leaving! So n fair lol (I have only been papercrafting a very short time, that short I’m yet to show a card off on the www. ) I’m really looking forward to 2017 and all the great blogs out there in the land of Internet. Hope the future is good to you. Regards Andrea x

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