My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway

As always, the beginning of the month means that a new My Monthly Hero kit is being released. This fantastic kit will be available TODAY August 5th 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. This month the kits will begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday, August 9th. I want to point out that you have the option to subscribe and receive the kit monthly and never miss one.

Anyway, as you can see below, this time the theme for the kit brings up the medieval times and its magic…. kings, queens, castles, dragons, princesses, you name it!

The kit contains the following: 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set, 17 Coordinating Frame Cuts, 1 Fancy Castle Die, 2 5.5″ x 8.5″ sheets of Mirri Matte Lava Purple Paper, 2 5.5 x 8.5″ sheets of Parchment Paper, 3 Glimmer Ink Pots (Gold, Purple, Red), Dragon Scale Sequins. The value of this kit is $83.49, but you only have to pay $34.99 for it… so this is really a good deal!

So, I created two cards for today’s release, and for my first card I used the stamp and die sets from the main kit along with the Trefoil Bold Print cling background stamp and the Paper Layering Castle (add-ons products).

I began by die cutting the Paper Layering Castle die from white cardstock, and I colored the tips of the towers with a red marker. I adhered the castle over a light gray folded card. Then, I stamped the Trefoil Bold Print cling background stamp with green ink over a green cardstock rectangle to create the lower part of the card, just to give a little of detail to the panel.

After that, I used the main stamp and die sets to create the focal images which are the knight, the dragon and a sentiment . The knight and dragon were simply stamped with black ink over white cardstock and then colored with markers. The sentiment was white-embossed over a piece of black cardstock and as the final touches, I used clear dots, glaze details and decorative tape.

Here is my second card:

For this one, I created the background using two different liquid colors and a sponge dauber to create long strokes over a white cardstock panel. Blue for the sky, green for the grass. After that, I used the As You Wish stamp set and its coordinating frame-cuts to create a fairy-tale scene. Of course a castle image had to be included too! I stamped the castle from Build a Castle stamp set and die cut it with its matching frame-cuts. Then, I colored the images with markers, arranged them over the background and adhered them with foam tape. After that, using a stamp positioner tool, I stamped a sentiment directly over the background with black ink.

As I normally do, I added glaze details and some clear dots to finish up this card. I think is easy to get pretty cards when you have great products in your hands!

Here I am sharing the pictures of the add-ons products that I used to create the cards, so you can see more details of them. Please be sure to see the complete collection by clicking >>>HERE<<<.

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, August 11 th 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:

The Hero Arts Blog
Amy Kolling
Caly Person
Daniel West
Debi Adams
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Julee Tilman
Libby Hickson
Lydia Fiedler
You are here >>> Mariana Grigsby <<< You are here
Michelle Short
Yana Smakula

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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!

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!


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Hero Arts: MMH August | Trefoil Bold Prints | Build A Castle | Build A Castle Frame Cuts | As You Wish | As You Wish Frame Cuts | Paper Layering Castle | Intense Black Ink | White Embossing Powder |

Others: Whip Cream Cardstock | Tin Pail Cardstock | Lemon Grass Cardstock | Lemon Grass Ink | Lovely Blue Liquid Color | Limeade Splash Liquid Color | Journey Glaze | Journey Sparkle Cuts |

June Guest Designer [Tiffany Ervin]

Happy Friday, everyone! 

I know, I know… lately,  I haven’t been a good blogger, but I have been super busy 🙂 I want to accomplish too many things at the same time… sorry about that. Anyway, I am back today to present the fabulous June Guest Designer

 • Tiffany Ervin •

I have known Tiffany’s work since I started blogging 🙂 Tiffany is very creative, she has the ability to combine different elements on her cards and scrapbook pages in an amazing way… Ribbons, gems, patterned papers, stamps… you name it, she can do it! I am very glad that she agreed to create a card for today, so I also asked her to share a little bit about her with us, and this is what she said…

“I have been crafting for about 10 years now, since after the birth of my son in 2004.  I started out as a scrap booker and then learned card making shortly afterwards.  I don’t see myself as having any one particular crafting style.  I love all types of techniques and am always willing to learn new techniques and fine tune the skills I currently have.  I love to dabble in everything from very simple, CAS designs, to paper piecing, layering/textured looks, die-cutting, heat/dry embossing, distressing, coloring, and watercoloring.  Just recently I’ve really loved doodling on my own and painting.  I still have so much to experiment with and hope to expand my skills in the near future….I would love to explore knitting and crocheting as well.

My most favorite themes on any design would have to be Vintage and I love soft, delicate/romantic colors.  I’m obsessed with flowers – you will most likely see most of my designs inegrating some type of florals whether it is a stamped image or a fabric/paper flower.  Some embellishments I just couldn’t live without include lots of gems, pearls, lace, and ribbons.

My most challenging types of designs would have to be one-layer and manly cards.  But they are a great challenge that I always look forward to when presented with one.”


Isn’t she amazing? She nailed this month’s theme with that awesome card, and she also kindly shared the supply with us 🙂 Thanks Tiffany!


Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Blue patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye/Happy Day.
Brown patterned paper: Basic Grey/Serenade.
Button: Crate Paper.
Motorcycle stamp: Hero Arts/Going – CL478.
Textured stars and brad: SEI/Chalet Sundries.
Charcoal patterned paper: Elle’s Studio/You and Me – Chalk Love.
Red Twine: DCWV.
Inks: Tim Holtz/Tumbled Glass and Broken China.
Black Ink: Versafine Onyx Black.
Brown, jump rope twine: DCWV.
Sentiment Stamp: Hero Arts/Family Vacation – CL716.
Monogram sticker: My Little Shoebox.

Please don’t forget to  stop by Tiffany’s Blog to see even more of her wonderful work 🙂

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  weekend!



Virginia’s View Challenge #3 [Guest Designer]


Today I am thrilled to share that I am the Guest Designer at…

V.V. Challenge (May)

This month’s theme as you have seen is Stitching. I created two cards based on the inspiration images and colors, along with the required stitching details. If you have seen my work before, I am sure you have noticed that I like to add stitches details to my cards, but usually I use my sewing machine. Well, this time I challenged myself using a needle and embroidery floss 🙂 So Here is the first one…


This card features a Hero Arts woodblock stamp that belongs to a set called Words & Flowers. The image was stamped with black ink on a sticky-back canvas card. I love the texture of the canvas, and I also added handmade stitches along the edge to create a rustic look. The flower was also stamped twice on orange cardstock to be trimmed onto two pieces (outer and inner shapes). Then,  the two pieces were layered with foam tape on top of the canvas image. Additionally, I put Glossy Accents details, to make the leaves and flower center to stand out.  I used patterned paper as the background (6×6 Harvest Lane Paper Pad by Simple Stories) and I complemented this card with a thanks sentiment by Jane’s Doodles (Cube It).

The handmade stitches were not so complicated after all, so I created  a second card…


This card is quite simple. I used embroidery floss to make the flowers, stems and leaves. To obtain perfect circles I used a circle template and pierced the holes using a piercing tool  (even numbers of holes work perfect). Then, I simply handmade the stitches to create the flowers.


For the stems I used a stitch template, and I also made some extra holes for the leaves. A sentiment by Paper Smooches ( Word Salad)  and three enamel dots were the only extra details for this card.


Well, I hope you have liked my projects. Please be sure to stop by Virginia’s View blog for more inspiration and ideas, and why not? …you can also join this challenge!

That’s all from me today 🙂 Have a fabulous crafty week!

Thanks for stopping by!


April Guest Designer [Silvia Barrera]


I am back today just to introduce a fabulous Guest Designer of this month:

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Estoy de vuelta para presentarles a la fabulosa Diseñadora Invitada de este mes:

•••Silvia Barrera•••

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Silvia lives in Mexico City with her son and her three Beagle dogs. She has been working in her own business as a designer and maker of souvenirs for special events for many years. She started adapting different craft techniques and giving them a twist, in order  to incorporate them in her designs, and at the same time giving them a personal touch. She started Scrapbooking four years ago, and she loves doing that. Trying new techniques  is always a blast for her!  Silvia and I went to the same college in Mexico City almost at the same time, but we actually met here in the crafty world on the internet! Isn’t that funny? Well, She is very talented and creative, and I am thrilled that she made the time to create a special card for today….

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Silvia vive en la Ciudad de México con su hijo y sus tres perritas Beagle (a las que ella cariñosamente llama “mis chaparras”). Ella tiene muchos años trabajando en su propio negocio diseñando y fabricando artículos de regalo y recuerditos para eventos especiales. Silvia comenzó usando diferentes técnicas de manualidades y les empezó a dar un toque diferente, para poder incorporarlas a sus diseños, dándoles así su toque personal. Empezó a hacer páginas de recortes hace unos cuatro años, que es lo que más le gusta hacer.  He de decirles que Silvia y yo estudiamos en el misma universidad, casi al mismo tiempo, pero realmente nos venimos a conocer aquí, en el mundo de las manualidades en internet ¿Qué chistoso, no? Bueno,  ella es bien talentosa y bien creativa, y estoy muy contenta que que ella se tomó el tiempo para hacer una tarjeta especial para hoy…


She created this pretty scalloped card using different patterned papers that match the colors of the month of my blog 😉 . I simply love the feminine focal point that she chose for this card: the beautiful crochet flower that she actually made, complemented with leaves, a sentiment and a pin… I also love the background with little pearls on it! Thanks Silvia, for making this beautiful card!

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Ella creó esta bonita tarjeta festoneada usando diferentes papeles estampados que encajan con los colores de este mes en mi blog. Simplemente me encantó el punto focal tan femenino que ella escogió para esta tarjeta: una hermosa florecita tejida con gancho (que ella mismo tejió), complementada con hojitas, un sentimiento y un alfiler. También me gustó mucho el fondo con las perlitas! Gracias Silvia por hacer esta hermosa tarjeta!


 Be sure to stop by Silvia Barrera’s Blog to see even more of her amazing work 🙂

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 rest of the week!

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Asegúrate de pasar por el blog de blog de Silvia Barrera para que veas aún más de su estupendo trabajo 🙂

Bien, Eso es todo por hoy de mi parte, regresaré pronto para compartir otro proyecto.

Gracias por venir 🙂 Que tengas una creativo resto de la semana!




March Guest Designer [Virginia Lu]

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today I am thrilled to present the March Guest Designer

Virginia Lu •

Virginia Lu

Well, Virginia is another of my friends from the HA group, and I was fortunate to meet her in person last October when she came to Chicago. I know that she loves to travel, and she also likes to meet her crafty friends in person (if possible) on her trips 🙂 Virginia, is an avid talented stamper, she loves to create and share her wonderful creations as well as pictures of her many trips 🙂 Currently she has some DT commitments (Runaway Inspired Challenge and Casual Fridays Stamps), and she recently launched a new challenge:  Virginia’s View Challenge, which has been a total success (over three hundred entries) 🙂 I know, lately she has been very busy with her new adventure, so  I am very happy and honored that she agreed to make a beautiful card for today…


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I asked her about how she did this fabulous card, and this is what she said:

“ Based loosely on the color inspiration, I started with the background by using a stencil (Leaves from Simon Says Stamps). I created two shades of green, then stamped a text over the green leaves. I then stamped the little birdie in Ripe Persimmon (Distress Ink) and clear-embossed the image. I added SRM Sticker sentiment to the yellow pattern paper and embellished the card with gold strings and sequins.” 

I think she did a great job, Don’t you think? Be sure to stop by Virginia’s blog to see even more of her fantastic work 🙂

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

Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Have a wonderful crafty weekend!



February Guest Designer [Donna Mikasa]


February is ending, and that means that is time to present another talented Guest Designer…Yay! Well, without further ado let me  introduce you to…

Donna Mikasa


I met Donna a few years ago on the virtual crafty world when both of us used to participate in the Hero Arts challenges. I know that she has been an avid stamper for a long time.Well, Donna is a good example that practice makes perfect. She has become an excellent card maker; She has the ability to create cards combining color, shapes, and textures in an amazing way. Nowadays, she is very busy with her DT commitments, so I am very honored that she accepted to make a beautiful card for today using  the theme of the month: Butterflies & Hearts. Check it out:


She created this card  using a technique that she called “water stamping with a stencil”, and she also used heat-embossing for the sentiment and tiny hearts. I loved the beautiful background, the colors are simply wonderful… Don’t you think? Please visit Donna on her blog: Three Umbrellas, for more inspiration and details about this card.

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

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


January Guest Designer [Alice Wertz]


One of the things I said at the beginning of the year is that at the end of each month I am going to have a Guest Designer. Well, the month is almost over, and I am very happy to introduce you to my very first invitee from sunny California, and she is the super talented…

• Alice Wertz •


Alice is an amazing card maker, and I have always admired her dedication to this hobby. The techniques for Alice,  seems to be “piece of cake” all the time; I have seen her  evolve as a crafter, learning and putting into practice new techniques, and also keeping up with new paper crafting trends. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that she accepted my invitation, and that she created a wonderful card for today using January’s theme on my blog (Cats & Dogs)… Check it out:


For this card, Alice used a stamp image and sentiment  from Pillow Talk set by Simon Says Stamp and of course, she did her magic with Copic markers. The patterned paper that she used are  from Family Traditions 6×6 paper pad by Webster’s Pages. I love the colors of this card!


Alice’s coloring skills are amazing! Don’t you think?  I am sure you have seen  her amazing work before. If not, please be sure to check out her blog: Alice’s {Little} Wonderland for lots of inspiration.

Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back on Friday to share the last card of the month.

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