SB+FSJ Hello Summer Blog Hop

Welcome!

Today we are celebrating the release of the two new Summer Collections by FSJ: Splash Zone and Starry Night! As part of this release, Spellbinders and Fun Stampers Journey have organized a fun blog hop where you will find lots of inspiration created by talented crafters who have used the products from the two new collections and created with their unique styles and different techniques, many amazing projects.

Blog hops are always a blast so I was more than happy to create a couple of cards for this special occasion. My first card features a darling set called: Make Waves stamp set. This set includes mermaids and ocean creatures images along with some cute sentiments.

To create the background of this card I used the Splash Zone stencil. I used it like you normally use a stencil to create a subtle background and I also used it to emboss a cardstock panel.

I colored the mermaids using the Journey Color Splash Watercolor pencils and a brush . It doesn’t really matter what technique you choose to color the images, those mermaids are so pretty that what it really matters is that you enjoy the coloring part!

Anyway, I also added some of the new sequins included in the Splash Zone sequins jar to complement the scene. I really love the combination of colors of the sequins included in the jar!

My second card features a fun set called Shark Attack. This set is so much fun. It includes different sharks and cute sentiments that are just perfect to create fun projects. I created a two tone background panel and I matted it with a fun frame called Film Frame, then I adhered them over a folded card.

For this card I opted for simply stamping the images over River Stone cardstock with  Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink, and then I use my white Journey Color Burst color pencil to enhance some of the edges of the sharks and teeth. This is such a great way to add dimension with no effort!

To finish up this card, I white embossed the sentiment over a Black Licorice cardstock strip and then, I added some sequins from the Starry Night Sequins jar (which I thought matched better the colors of my card).

To celebrate this release, we are giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes on Monday, July 1st, 11:59 pm EDT. Winners will be announced in our blog hop post the following Tuesday. (The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties, and taxes.)

Well, here you have the complete list of participant blogs, so good luck to you!

Spellbinders
Bibi Cameron
Keeway Tsao
You are here>>>Mariana Grigsby<<<You are here
Nichol Spohr
Laura Williams
Desiree Kuemmerle
Marie Heiderscheit
Tina Smith
Michelle Short
Mindy Eggen
Justine Hovey
Francine Vuillème
Laura Volpes
Laurel Beard

Be aware that my post includes affiliate links, which means that if you click on and shop through them, I will receive a tiny commission. Thanks!

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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 week!

marianasignat

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My Monthly Hero June Release

It is time for another wonderful My Monthly Hero release. The June kit is all about the jungle and wild life and it is also a giving back kit, which means that Hero Arts will donate 10% of the net profits from this kit to jungle habitat preservation through the World Wildlife Fund. I think this is a wonderful cause, so take a look of the fabulous June kit:

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The kit includes the following: 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set, 20 Coordinating Frame Cuts, 2 Jungle Vine Fancy Dies, 6″ x 6″ Leaf Pattern Stencil, Watercolor Dot Card, Intenseified Black Ink Cube.

So, I created a card with the kit using the stamp set, frame cuts and ink that are included in it. I chose the monkey and the elephant images and I colored them with markers and then, die cut them with their matching frame cuts. It is so nice to have matching cut frames for each of the images included in the stamp set!

The images are full of little details that are so fun to color. I included some leaves and some green sequins as the final touches for this card.

Additionally to the main kit there are many wonderful add-on products, which are also great to play with. So I made a second card using a set called: Thanks a Bunch Monkey and its matching frames cuts. The stamp set includes three monkey images and other jungle related images as well as some sentiments.

That monkey is so adorable, so I used markers again to color it along with the liana and tiny flowers. The sentiment was simply white-embossed over a black cardstock circle, and the subtle background was made with the Leafy Bold prints which is a large cling stamp (6″ x 6″).

As usual, Hero Arts has a prize for a lucky commenter, but this time the winner will be drawn from comments left on the Hero Arts blog only. So please be sure to go and leave a comment on the Hero Arts blog to be considered for the prize.

Be aware that my post includes affiliate links, which means that if you click on and shop through them, I will receive a tiny commission from Hero Arts. Thanks!

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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 week!

marianasignat

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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!

marianasignat

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My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway

Happy Monday everyone! Hero Arts has always been one of my favorites stamp companies so I am very excited to be part of the My Monthly Hero Blog Hop this month! This new wonderful kit will be available TODAY March 4th at the Hero Arts store, but be aware that this kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday, March 8th. I want to point out that you have the option to subscribe and receive the kit monthly and never miss one.

This fabulous kit contains: a 6″x8″ clear stamp set, a set of 27 coordinating Frame Cuts dies that match the stamp set, a 5.5 x 4.25 Aquarium Fancy Die, three Water Reactive Ink Cubes (Sea Salt, Sea Glass, Blue Water) and Blue and Green Droplets. The kit value is $75.99, an amazing deal at $34.99

I created a couple cards using the great products included in the kit, here is the first one:

I began by die cutting the Aquarium Fancy Die from green cardstock, then I placed it over a watercolor background just to see where I wanted to stamp some images. So I used the Sea Glass and Blue Water inks to stamp a few plants, a turtle and a small fish.

I also white-embossed the sentiment. I adhered the Aquarium frame over the stamped stamped panel and onto a folded green card. To complement the card I stamped the jellyfish image with Blue Water ink and die cut it with its matching die, I then adhered over the card using some foam tape. Of course I also included some yummy droplets as the final touches for this card.

The second card is similar to my first one but in this case I used the inks for the background. I want to point out that the ink cubes that are included in this kit are reactive to water so they are just perfect to create amazing backgrounds. I use a round small sponge dauber to apply the two colors over a white panel, and then I simply flicked water over with a thin brush.

As you can see is the same concept of the first card, just that I this case I used only the center part of the Aquarium die to make a frame. I have to say that this kit is a blast! Lots of images and clever sentiments.

As part of this blog hop, Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. The giveaway closes Sunday, March 10th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts blog.

Please be sure to visit all the participants blogs in order to increase your chances of winning:

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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 week!

marianasignat

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FSJ • You Hold the Key to My Heart + Giveaway Winner

Hello, hello! I am back today just to share another card that I made using the pretty Stamp of the Month by Fun Stampers Journey, and to announce the name of the winner of this wonderful stamp set.

I made a simple background by stamping a lock image over a Cool Pool panel with Limeade Splash ink. I adhered the panel onto a Limeade Splash folded card. The wings were white embossed on Watermelon Fusion cardstock and then, die cut with its matching die.

I stamped the sentiment over a Whip Cream circle with Black Licorice ink. The key wast stamped with Black Licorice ink and die cut with its matching die. I arranged the elements over the card, and added some final touches: a heart shaped gem, Journey tape and Journey Glaze details.


GIVEAWAY WINNER

I want to THANK to all of the participants of this contest for taking the time to leave a comment. All the visits are truly appreciated. Well, now is time to announce the lucky name. According to random.org the winner of the Fun Stampers Journey Stamp of the Month is:

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Please send contact me using the contact tab at the top of this page (below the owl) with all your information. I will be more than happy to send you your prize right away.

Please remember that for more ideas and inspiration,  be sure to visit the Fun Stampers Journey Blog,  Facebook page,  Instagram and Pinterest.

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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 beginning of the year!

marianasignat

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Seasons Givings Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasons Givings Blog Hop! This is my very first time participating in this fun event and I hope you have been enjoying the fantastic inspiration through the whole list of participants. Be aware that each of us has a giveaway for all of the enthusiastic commenters, so each time you hop there is a giveaway opportunity for you!

The intention of this hop is to THANK YOU! Thank you for visiting my blog all these years or if you happen to be a first time visitor please be sure to visit me again! I really enjoy reading comments and seeing my blog being busy with lots of visitors!

For this special day, I created a fun card using the new Fun Stampers Journey Stamp of the Month:

This new stamp set is amazing, and the images are just perfect to create beautiful cards. I have to point out that this amazing set has a coordinating die set which is an add-on product, and honestly it is worth having!

This card features a background created with strokes of Liquid Colors, and a stamped keys pattern using Black Licorice ink. The wings were stamped over Bubble Gum cardstock and die cut with its matching die. The sentiment was white-embossed over a Black Licorice cardstock strip and adhered over the card with foam squares. Last but not least were silver sequins along with some heart shapes covered with Journey Glaze and Journey Sparkle cuts. Simple yet pretty!

Well, well, well… the fabulous giveaway I have for one lucky commenter is this brand new, just released…

For your chance to win, please leave a comment. I will randomly pick a winner and I will announce the lucky name on Tuesday morning, January 8th. This giveaway is only open to addresses in the US.

Please feel free to follow me on PinterestInstagram, or Facebook
Your next stop is my talented friend Michelle Woerner!

Wether this is your first stop or not, here you have the complete list of participants so you can enjoy this amazing Seasons Givings Blog Hop!

Lawn Fawn

Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine

Hero Arts

My Favorite Things

Reverse Confetti

My Sweet Petunia

Picket Fence Stamps

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Ink Blot Shop

Indigo Jade Art

Sunny Studio Stamps

Paper House Productions

Kraftin Kimmie Stamps

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Newton’s Nook Designs

Latisha Yoast

Lydia Fiedler

Lori Craig

Dina Kowal

Nichol Spohr

Chari Moss

Jenn Shurkus

Vera Yates

Ashley Newell

Beth Pingry

Giovana Smith

Dana Joy

Heather Hoffman

Margie Higuchi

Mindy Eggen

Julie Tilman

Cindy Lawrence

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Kelly Latevola

Emily Midgett

Ilina Crouse

Emily Leiphart

Kristi Goulet

Debi Adams

Tracey McNeeley

Wanda Guess

Ashley Harris

Tracey McLennon

Janine Tinklenberg

Amy Rysavy

Caly Person

Marcie Sharp

Mary-Ann Coulter

Amy Tsuruta

Tricia Barber

Shemaine Smith

Christine Meyer

Lisa Henke

Shellye McDaniel

Kathy Schweinfurth

Yvonne Van Der Grijp

Lynette Kaufmann

Laura Williams

Dana Tatar

Cheiron Brandon

Patti Gilliam

Gracie Chavez

Carisa Zglobicki

Debbie Seyer

Mariana Grigsby <<< You are here

Michelle Woerner

Deborah Saaranen

Lisa Stein

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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 beginning of the year!

marianasignat

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HA 2017 Valentine’s Collection Blog Hop

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Welcome! Today I am happy to be joining this hop that celebrates the launch of the 2017 Valentine’s Collection in the Hero Arts store! Be sure to visit the Hero Arts store to see the complete collection!

As part of this launch, I created a card using three fabulous products which I definitely love: Destination Paris, Heart Pattern Bold Prints and the new Nesting Hearts Infinity Dies.

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I stamped the Heart Pattern Bold Prints over a card base ( Blush mix Layering Papers  -Carnation color) with Pale Tomato Shadow Ink. After that I stamped the Destination Paris image over Snow Layering paper with Intense Black Ink. I colored the image using Chameleon Markers and then, I die cut this panel into a large heart. I applied Glossy Accents and glitter over the colored image. I let this dry.

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I also die cut a large heart from Blush mix Layering Papers  (Punch color) and I adhered this heart over the base card. I adhered the stamped heart over the card with foam tape (If you trim off the right side of the hearts before you adhere them, makes things easier). To finish off this card I simply added some sequins and thread.

GIVEAWAY

Hero will be giving away two $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Thursday, December 15 at 11:59pm PT and they will announce the winner the following week.

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Yana Smakula
me>>>Mariana Grigsby<<<me
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Jana Millen
Ilina Crouse
Libby Hickson

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Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty rest of the week and GOOD LUCK to all!

marianasignat

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My Monthly Hero Blog Hop: December

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Happy Monday everyone!

Today is the release day for the My Monthly Hero kit of December! This new wonderful kit will be available TODAY December 5th at 1pm (Eastern time) at the Hero Arts store. Be aware that this kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Monday, December 12.

The kit contains: a 4″x6″ clear stamp set, a set of 8 coordinating Frame Cuts dies that match the stamp set, two Fancy word dies – “cheers” and “party”, a set of Paper Layering dies for adding a sunburst or sparkler effect, fun new gold glitter embossing powder, Custom washi tape designed for the kit, a gold Uni-ball Gel Pen, 4 half sheets of gold foil card stock, 2 half sheets of each metallic card stock: purple, pink, dark blue and antique gold. The kit value is $65, an amazing deal at $34.99

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There are several optional add-on items: SA092 Pop The Cork Stencil:,  SA093 Champagne StencilSA091 Celebration Words StencilCM123 Birthday CelebrationDI343 Birthday Celebration Frame Cuts, DI339 Party Confetti Fancy Die , DI341 Martini Fancy DieDC202 Cocktail Party Stamp & Cut, DC203 Happy New Year Stamp & Cut.

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For this special ocasion I created two cards. The first one, features images from the main kit. Check it:

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I created the background panel by simply using a sponge dauber and different colors of Hybrid inks. I love how the round sponge marks make sort of bokeh effect.  After that I stamped the bottle image over a piece of Snow layering paper, I colored it with Chameleon markers and I die cut the shape with its matching die.  I also die cut the Cheers fancy die from black card stock.

Once I had those elements ready I place them over the background panel, just to see where I was going to stamp the complementary text, little bubbles and sparks.  I used Intense Black ink to do that.  Finally, I adhered bottle and sentiment with foam tape, and I embellished with some sequins here and there.

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My second card features some of the Add-On products which I think are fabulous! Check it out:

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This time I used the DI339 Party Confetti Fancy Die along with the dark blue metallic card stock. I adhered over a gold foil card stock panel  and then, over a Snow Layering paper card base. I used one  infinity die circle to die cut a frame for the champagne glasses, and  I gold embossed the bubbles (CM123 Birthday Celebration).  I adhered the circle over the card with foam tape.

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Then, I die cut two of the glasses (DI343 Birthday Celebration Frame Cuts )  with Snow Layering paper and other two with gold foil card stock. I trimmed off the upper part of the gold ones with scissors, just because I wanted them to look like as if they were clinking 😉 Then I adhered the gold ones over the white ones. I   adhered them over the circle with foam tape as well. To finish off this card, I gold embossed the sentiment (CM123 Birthday Celebration) over a strip of dark blue metallic card stock, I adhered it over the circle and I embellished the card with some gold sequins.

As always Hero is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes December 11 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week. Here is the complete list of participant blogs:

The Hero Arts Blog
Yana Smakula
me>>> Mariana Grigsby <<<me
May Park
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Laura Bassen
Wanda Guess
Lydia Fiedler
Ilina Crouse
Julie Ebersole at Ellen Hutson’s CLASSroom
Shari Carroll at Simon Says Stamp
Libby Hickson

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Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty week and GOOD LUCK to all!

marianasignat

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HA 2016 Planner Catalog Blog Hop

Hello and welcome!

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Today I am joining the launch of the Hero Arts 2016 Planner Catalog! This catalog is full of fun designs by both Hero Arts and talented Kelly Purkey! There is a a lot of great stuff to make planning fun, as well as to use it on cards and other projects! The products have been shipping to retailers for a couple weeks now, so you may have seen them out and about. But this blog hop marks the launch in the Hero Arts online store.

I created a few projects for the catalog, and I had a lot of fun mixing and matching different stamp sets to decorate some planner pages. This is not as difficult as it seems.  I promise!  You can make your planner pages as simple or as complex as you wish, and there is not such a thing as making mistakes!

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The other thing that you can do with this type of stamps, is that you can use them to make cards as well as other projects (tags, notes, etc.)

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To create the card above, I used the Calendar Bold Prints stamp to create the background over a Snow Layering Panel. I adhered it over a card base. Then, I used one of the dies included in the Everything Smiles Stamp & Cut set, to create the text bubbles. I used three different colors of Layering Papers and I stamped a”hello” sentiment with Intense Black ink. This sentiment is from another set called: Fun Day Planner.

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I adhered three pieces of decorative tape over the card, and then I arranged the text bubbles. Additionally, I stamped some Emoji Icons over Snow Layering Paper. The Emoji Icons come in a Mini Tube, and they are one of my favorite HA products! I colored them with Copics, and I make them into a circle with a punch. I adhered the emojis over the card and I embellished the card with some enamel dots.

GIVEAWAY
Hero Arts will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Wednesday, October 19 at 11:59pm PT and Hero will announce the winner the following week. Here is the list of participant blogs:

The Hero Arts Blog
Kelly Purkey
Jennifer McGuire
Yana Smakula
May Sukyong Park
you are here>>>Mariana Grigsby<<<you are here
Amy Tsuruta
Amy Tan
Wanda Guess
Lydia Fiedler
Jen Carlson
Barbara Picinich
Brooke Takara
Krista Wells
Jamie Waters
Nadia Azni
Kari Stiles
Libby Hickson

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Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty week and GOOD LUCK to all!

marianasignat

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HA • Holiday Cardmaking Challenge

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Hey there! I like this time of the year because is just perfect to start working on your Holiday cards. Today is the kick off  of the Holiday Cardmaking Challenge at the Hero Arts blog. I love that they do this, because it is a fun way to motivate you to start creating.  I created a card for today, using some of the products included in the 2016 Winter Catalog.

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I used a stamp set called Winter Scene + Die Combo to create the jar scene. I started by die-cutting the jar from Pool Mixed Layering Paper. I stamped the pine tree with Moss Hybrid Ink, and then I White-embossed the snow on the ground. I also Sparkle-embossed the falling snow. I stamped and die-cut the house and deer (Red Royal and Soft Brown Shadow Inks). I adhered the little deer with a glue dot, and the house with foam tape. I added sequins and  beads details.

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I stamped the jar image over acetate with StazOn ink, and I die-cut the piece with its matching die. I stamped the lid part over Blush Mix Layering Paper, and  I fussy cut it. I adhere the lid over the acetate piece. After that I adhere the acetate jar over the jar scene with foam tape behind the lid.  This creates dimension and it kind of simulates a real jar (according to me)  🙂

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The rest of the card were a few layers of stamped backgrounds over a Snow Layering Paper card base:

And the final touches: gemstones, pearls, sequins and hemp.

Of course Hero will be giving FIVE $50 Hero Arts shopping sprees awarded. The challenge runs October 10 – November 15. So you have plenty of time to create and participate. You can find more details by clicking >>> HERE<<<

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Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back soon to share another project.

Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty week!

marianasignat

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