Hero Arts Anniversary Blog Hop • Day 1

Welcome! Today I am thrilled to be joining a fun Hero Arts Blog Hop that celebrates the launch of the 2019 Summer Catalog as well as the 45th Anniversary of Hero Arts in the crafting industry! So exciting!

This is a three day event in which each day a different group of talented crafters will be sharing projects using products from the new catalog. Please be sure to visit the Hero Arts store to see the new catalog as well as all the new amazing products!

As part of this celebration, I created two cards using a stamp set called: Curious Cat, which is absolutely adorable!

The images were stamped with Intense Black ink and then colored with markers. I die cut the images with their matching frame cuts, which are also available at the Hero store. Additionally, I created a subtle background with a stencil, ink and a sponge dauber, and I finished up this card with some twine and clear dots.

For my second card, I used a different cat and fish images that are super cute too. This time I stamped the fish bowl using Soft Sky ink and then I colored the water with markers. I colored the images with markers as well, then I adhered the fish over the bowl image with foam tape.

After that, I stamped the bowl again over a clear acetate with StazOn Jet Black ink , and then I die cut it with its matching die. I added a drop of Glaze over the fish and I placed the clear bowl over the fish. Then, I simply arranged the cat to complete the cute scene. The final touches for this card were, a white-embossed sentiment, washi tape and some dots.

Hero Arts have gathered some fabulous prizes from some industry friends and partners for this hop, so take a look of the amazing list of sponsor and prizes:

As always, Winners will be drawn from people who leave comments along the blog hop over the three days – comment all three days for more chances to win! Comment by Sunday, June 2 at 11:59pm PST, and Hero Arts will announce the winners on the HA blog the following week.

Here is the list of participant blogs of Day 1:

Hero Arts
Caly Person
Debi Adams
Ellen Hutson LLC
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Julee Tilman
Kathy Racoosin
Libby Hickson
Mariana Grigsby
May Sukyong Park
Michelle Short
Yana Smakula

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Well, that’s all from me today. I´ll be back soon to share another project. Thanks for stopping by  ♥ Have a wonderful crafty rest of the week!


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373 thoughts on “Hero Arts Anniversary Blog Hop • Day 1

  1. I love kitties and these cards are so cute! You have done a wonderful job coloring the water in the fish bowls.

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  3. Both of your cards are great, but I especially loved the stencil you chose on the first card, really gives a great feel to the card. Very nice!

  4. These cards are fun and are a must for all cat lovers out there. Happy 45th Birthday Hero Arts!

  5. I especially love the second card. I need new ways of using my thousands of washi tapes…:) Thanks for the idea….ADORABLE!

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  7. Cute, happy cards !
    I admire your colouring of the water and the white cat — two (in my eyes) very difficult things to colour.
    Thank you for sharing your talent.

  8. Those are two of the cutest “cat cards” I have seen! I love the way you emphasized the fish bowl in the second card.

  9. Oh my goodness, these are adorable! I love those images and your coloring and layouts are awesome! Happy 45th Hero Arts!

  10. As a cat lover this stamp set is a must. Love the fishbowl technique and how you made it so vibrant. The two cards are so unique.

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  12. I love cats! I think you captured them so perfectly on your cards. Thanks for sharing them.

  13. Great tip to create the fish bowl with acetate and glaze the fish. I love the wave stencil background, too.

  14. What super fun projects, thanks for the inspirational idea! Hero Arts products are always so fun to use.

    Carol B

  15. Two well-designed kitty cards. My favorite is the first one because i like the background.

  16. Your two cards are really sweet! I especially like the subtle background from the Wave stencil on the first card. Thanks for being part of the hop.

  17. I love cats! These are so cute!!! Thank you for sharing your cards. I could never have enough cat supplies!

  18. Super cute cards Mariana. Love the sweet images… those fish are so pretty! The soft background looks so cool on the first card. Love it!

  19. You really made the fish bowls look realistic and that’s hard to do. Thanks for cute cards.

  20. such a pretty cards . happy 45th anniversary hero arts .. such great products heres me hoping to win

  21. Great cards. Your use of the stencils is perfect, not to distracting yet it adds something great to your cards. Thanks for the inspiration. I love your cat cards!

  22. I love kitties and your cards are so adorable & playful.I cannot have plants or fish because of Smidgen, my kittie!

    • These cards are too cute, my favorite is the gray kitten. Thanks for the chance to win and sharing.

  23. These are such sweet images! I love the inking on the background of the first card and the scene you created on the second!

  24. I love this card so much. I have cats and I NEVER get tired of cat stamps, cat cards, cat videos, cat ANYTHING!😺😻😽

  25. I have the goldfish set but now I think I need this one too. Love the kitties! Your cards are fabulous!

  26. A great company like Hero Arts gets all of the best designers for their Blog Hop! I love the cat and fish cards, they can’t help to bring a smile to your heart.

  27. I love cats – and your cards are sooo cute! HA gets kudos for the stamps – you get them for how you used them!

  28. Precious card with the little kitten staring at the fish. I loved how you used them. Thank you for sharing your time and talent with us

  29. Love your cards two of my favorites cats and fish. Hero arts is one of the best companies in the industry.

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  31. These cards bring a smile to my face – how can you not love these cats saying hello to the fish!

  32. I loved the release that had these stamps in it & would dearly liked to have purchased it. Your cards are CAS & adorable as well which really appeals to me. Thanks.

  33. Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration! I have this set and haven’t used it yet. I’m not very good at putting scenes together, but got this because of my cat loving daughters. So cute!

  34. Your cards make me smile, very cute. Thanks for sharing on this Anniversary blog hop for Hero Arts.

  35. wonderful idea. Love the way the cat looks at the fish. Colors great as is the coloring. Thanks for sharing this great new release.

  36. Great cards especially that second cat really peeking in that fish bowl. Thanks again for the inspiration.

  37. Love your cards! They make snicker because I think those cats have other ideas besides being friendly. LOL Thanks for the inspiration. 😀

  38. Your cards are so cute. Love your color choices. So clean and simple. Also love cats.

  39. Very cute kitties! I like the white one – I need to work on coloring white things so that they have depth, but still appear white. You’ve got the technique mastered!

  40. How fun!!! At least as long as the kitty doesn’t catch the fish! Lol. I like the way you have the first one with just a hint of a background. Great job–have a fin-tastic weekend!!!

  41. Adorable cards. Perfect for any cat lover. I really like the background you created for the first one. The wave pattern is perfect with the fishbowl. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Those curious kitties are adorable, I love both those cards, but especially that cute little gray one! Love the subtle wave pattern behind the first card!

  43. These are adorable. Love those kitties who are up to mischief and they made me smile as they would any cat lover. One of the things I love about Hero Arts is the versatility of their designs and they have created something for everyone over these 45 years!

  44. SWEET cat cards! I love your subtle stenciled background on the first card. Nicely done in helping Hero Arts celebrate their 45 years in business with your pretty cards!

  45. Cute cards Mariana, I love the scenes you created with these gorgeous stamps. Thank you so much for sharing your inspriation.

  46. I am mesmerized by the background on your first card. What a clever way to “anchor” your cat and fishbowl to the card.

  47. I adore cats, and these are so darn cute! Happy anniversary to Hero Arts! Thanks for sharing your creations.

  48. Love your adorable cards, Mariana! Thank you for sharing your awesome creativity with us! Happy 45th Anniversary, Hero Arts! I have always loved your products!!

  49. Your two cards made me laugh out loud. I am not sure that the cat really wants to be friends…LOL. Kitty looks hungry. What adorable cards!!!! So much fun. I love this stamp set. This has been such a fun blog hop. Thank you so much for sharing and making me chuckle!

  50. Those curious kitties are adorable! And I love how you used the washi tape on the second card. Beautiful cards!

  51. Love how you added the acetate fish bowl over the top on your second card – great effect!!! I also love the wave stencil background on your first card. These kitty cat images are too cute!!!

  52. Really adorable! I love how you used the Washi tape to ground the scene. The colors are perfect.

  53. Such sweet and fun cards! I love the special touches of the glossy accents on the stamped sentiment and the acetate covering the fish bowl. So clever!

  54. Wow, your coloring skills are BE. YOND!! Sweet cards 🙂 And a big hooray for 45 years of HeroArts! Such an inspiring company on so many levels.

    • Love the fishbowl. Hero Arts has abundant and major stamps collection and “from the vault” once are pretty awesome.

  55. Both of your cards are absolutely adorable; great layout and use of color on both. Thank you for sharing these!

  56. If there is anything I love more than flower stamps it is my kitties. I love the two you used. So playful.

  57. Mariana,
    Such a lovely card display. This set is one of my favorites, so playful. Thanks for inspiring and sharing.

  58. Sweet! Not sure my cats would maintain such a friendly relationship with our fish, if we had any. But then again, our cats and our dog are good friends, so who knows…

  59. So light and beautifully coloured. What a wonderful set of cards. You have made an amazing showcase of Hero Arts stamps and products.

  60. I LOVE, LOVE your cards! I’ve been eyeing that stamp set, it’s on my wish list and now I think it’s moved to the top of the list. It’s really cool how you did the fish on the 2nd card. Thanks for the inspiration!

  61. I just knew a paw was going to dip into that water after the 2nd card was made. heheh Great use of the stamps

  62. I have some of the older stamps and some newer. I can’t decide which k like better, so I may have to combine them to create new projects. Can’t wait to try the new ink!

  63. These are so cute and coincidentally I’ve been looking for a little inspiration with that stencil — perfect timing!

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