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If you are coming from Kathy Rascoosin’s blog you are in the right direction :D Today is special because  ALL the new amazing 2016 products have been added to the Hero Arts store, so this is the right time to fulfill your wish-list😉

So as part of the celebration, I  made a card featuring a set called: Mason Jar Bugs


First, I created the main panel of my card with  watercolor paper. I created the watercolor background using three colors of Gelatos (pink, purple, blue). Then, I stamped the Mason jar image with the new Intense Black Ink. I have to point out that this new ink is alcohol-marker friendly :):):) I love that.  After that, I matted the panel with a layering paper rectangle (Azure Color), and I stitched the edges.


Next, I stamped the bugs images with Intense Black Ink, and I colored them with alcohol markers on a piece of watercolor paper. Then, I die cut the images with its matching dies.  I adhered them onto the panel with foam squares. Then, using Passion Flower Mid-Tone Shadow Ink,  I stamped Garden Bold Prints over a folded card (Iris color). Next, I adhered the main panel over the card base. Finally, I white-embossed a short sentiment over a strip of black card stock, I adhered it with foam squares, and I embellished the card with some gemstones.


As always, Hero Arts is giving away four $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by 11:59pm PT on Sunday, February 14.  The winner will be announce on the Hero Arts blog the following week. Hop along and comment for more chances to win! Your next stop is the blog of talented Debby Hughes :)

Here is the complete list of participants:

Hero Arts
Lia Griffith
Kelly Purkey
Jennifer McGuire
Yana Smakula
Lucy Abrams
Kristina Werner
Kathy Racoosin
Mariana Grigsby <<< me!
Debby Hughes
Nichol Magouirk
Joan Bardee
Lydia Fiedler
Sandy Allnock
Julie Ebersole
Amy Tsuruta
Kelly Rasmussen
Suzanne Dahlberg
Wanda Guess
Clare Prezzia
Tami Hartley
Libby Hickson

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

Good Luck to ALL!

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


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Hi! Here is a sneak peek of my card that today has been posted on the Hero Arts blog:

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This card features a pretty woodblock stamp included in the new Hero Arts 2016 Catalog along with other  fabulous products. Please click HERE to see the complete post.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a wonderful crafty weekend!


Welcome to the Hero Arts…


Today this fun challenge starts and I am glad to be sharing a card that I made using the new Paper Layering Die called Large Lotus. This is a pop-up die that gives the paper a 3-D effect.

For this card, I began by creating negative and positive masks with the die. I die cut the shape on paper, and then, using scissors I carefully detached the flower (positive mask) to obtain a flower shaped window (negative mask). I used the negative mask to outline the Lotus shape with a pencil over a watercolor paper panel .


I thought it would be a good idea to complement the flower with some leaves. But, because I didn’t have a Lotus leaf stamp, I created my own. I die cut a circle from foam, and then I cut out a slice of it with scissors. I placed the foam leaf onto an acrylic block with adhesive, and I used it as a stamp.


Then, I placed the positive mask over the outlined flower, and I stamped the leaf using green watercolor as the ink.  I complemented with two more leaves. After that, I used the flower outline as a guide to paint the flower with pink watercolor and the rest of the panel with blue.


Next, I die cut the Lotus on the panel, I stamped a sentiment with black ink, and I curled and folded the Lotus petals to reveal its shape. I adhered the panel over a card base and I embellished it with some gemstones.

Don’t forget that this contest will be open until the end of the month, and of course there are some prizes for the winners. Please visit the Hero Arts Blog for more details.

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

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


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Happy Sunday! I can’t believe that today is the last day of January. It has been a tough month for me, but I have been taking each day at a time. Little by little, happy memories are helping me to go through the sadness I still feel.  My mom had a soft voice, and when I was a child, I remember that she was the one in charge of waking me up every morning. Well, instead of a loud “wake up!”, she used to wet her hand, and then she would splatter the water over my face:) I know, it sounds like a mean method, but it wasn’t. You could barely feel the tiny drops, but they were just enough to make my eyes open, and see her face with a big smile next to me. My mom was very sweet.

Anyway, here is a Thank You card that I created using some of the new products from the 2016 Hero Arts Catalog:


To create the background I used a pad-dab inking technique that I showed last year and you can see by clicking >>>HERE<<< I used Kelly’s Outdoor Inks for this. Then, I simply stamped the  sentiment (Handwritten Thank You woodblock stamp) with Black Dye Ink, and I put Glossy Accents over the letters.


I adhered the panel over a card base, and I stitched the edge. Then, I die cut  the Delicate Butterfly using black card stock, and I adhered it with glue dots.  Finally, I embellished the butterfly with three gemstones. Quite easy, fast and fun to create.


Remember, all the new HA products will be available at the Hero Arts store on February 8th.

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

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


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Hello everyone! I am back today to share a card featuring a couple of products from one of the new collections by Richard Garay: Noteworthy.


To create this card I used a stap set called Noteworthy and  patterned papers from the Noteworthy Prints 6×6 paper pad. I began by piercing the card base with some of the die templates from Pierced Stars  (Celebr’ations Collection).


Then, I stamped the sentiment over a white card stock strip with black ink. I adhere the paper strip over the card base and I added a stitch detail on the right side.


I die cut some stars from patterned papers, and I adhered them over the card with foam squares. Last, I embellished the card with a few clear gemstones and Journey Glaze over the sentiment.

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

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


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Hey there! I am back just to share another card that I created with the new Make Amazing Happen Collection by Richard Garay.


For this card, I used watercolor paper to create the background. I clear-embossed flowers and leaves images several times over the panel (Amazing Blooms and Make Amazing stamp sets). Then, using  a couple of colors of Gelatos (Faber Castell), water and a brush, I covered the whole panel. At the end I splattered a little bit of Silver Shimmer. I adhered the panel over a card base, and I added stitches along the edge.


The sentiment was stamped on white card stock with black ink, and die cut with its matching die.  I adhered it over the front panel with foam squares along with silver thread. I stamped the flower with pink ink, then I added Journey Glaze and Journey Sparkle Cuts over it. Once was dried, I fussy cut the shape and I adhered it with a foam square. I embellish the card with some clear gemstones.

If you haven’t seen all the new Richard Gary Collections, you can take a look in the link below. The new collections will be released in the next few months, so stay tuned😉

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

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


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Hi! Today I am sharing a card using the a few products from the Celebra’tions Collection by Richard Garay. This collection includes a wide variety of elements that you can use for different occasions.


I created the background of this card using Chevron Prints washi tape. This tape is very wide, which makes easy to cover the card front.  Then, I used the Pierced Hearts  die template to create the big heart. I die cut this shape using Captivating Coral card stock. One of the things that I like about these type of dies is that you can either use or not the pierced detail.


Over the big heart I stamped a couple of times a brush stroke image (Brush Strokes stamp set) using Captivating Coral inkThen, I splattered a little bit of Silver Shimmer over the heart. After that, I adhered it onto the card front and I added zigzag stitches.


I used the All You die templates to die cut the word “Love” from white card stock and foam. Then, I adhered the word over the big heart.  The small heart was die cut from regular white card stock. Next, I stamped the word “you” using part of an image included in Cup for Two stamp set. I adhered the heart with a foam square. Finally, I embellished the card with a few small gemstones.

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

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Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a wonderful crafty rest of the week!


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A quick post today just to share a card I created  using one of the new stamp sets from the 2016 Hero Arts Catalog. This new set is called Make a Wish Birthday, and it will be available at the Hero Arts store on February 8th along with all the new HA products.


I created the background with the Swirl Stencil, a few Shadow Ink colors and sponges.  To create the focal point of my card I used a sentiment included in the new Make a Wish Birthday set.  I stamped it over an oval shape with Black Dye ink. I arranged three strips of different colors of card stok onto the background, and I adhered the sentiment with foam tape.


The little flowers stamps are included in the same set, and I stamped them with different colors of ink over white cardstock. Then,  I fussy cut them with scissors and I used them as embellishments. Finally, I added pearls and gemstones here and there.


Make a Wish Birthday *
Swirl Stencil
Black Dye Ink
Mint Julep Mid-Tone Shadow Ink
Fresh Peach Mid-Tone Shadow Ink
Butter Bar Mid-Tone Shadow Ink
Lime Green Mid-Tone Shadow Ink
Bubble Gum Mid-Tone Shadow Ink
Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Shadow Ink
Pool Mixed Layering Papers
Foliage Mixed Layering Papers
Blush Mixed Layering Papers

* New Product available on February 8th at the Hero Arts Store

On another note, earlier today I shared a video on the Hero Arts blog featuring a fantastic new die. If you haven’t seen it yet, click on the sneak peek below to hop over the actual post:

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

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Thanks for stopping by :) 


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First of all, I want to thank you for the condolences you left on my last blog post. Knowing that my blog is like an open window to share and also to communicate with people like me, makes me feel better. I haven’t met the majority of you in person, I really appreciate that you took a moment to say something to comfort me and share a bit of your own life events.


I know I am not alone, because losing a loved one is something that we all have to encounter sometime along our lives, which makes us more compassionate about others. I also know that everybody heals differently, but I am sure time will be a key to help me go through this, along with the support of my family and friends. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.

When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.

—The 14th Dalai Lama (1935)


* Antique Rose Stem
Friends by Lia
Floral Mixed Folded Cards
Black Dye Ink
Versamark Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Embossing Gun
Ink Daubers
Watercolor Paper
Sewing Machine

*All 2016 Catalog products will be available in the Hero Arts store on February 8th.

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


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Last week I went to Mexico to say goodbye to my mom. It was very hard and sad. I think about those moments, and tears start pouring. There are no words to describe this sadness.


I talked to her on the phone for the last time on New Years. Her voice sounded fine and strong, but I guess her heart was weak. She passed away suddenly on the 8th. I owe her a lot. She taught me to love animals,  to cook improvising and also to change the recipes. I remember her always doing something with her hands: sewing, knitting, painting. She taught me all that too.

She was very talented. She loved painting using watercolors, but she was always willing to try different techniques.  She collected a bunch of pictures from magazines or books, and kept them in a big folder, which was her inspiration folder. When I was living in Mexico, close to her, we used to get together and paint. Those were precious moments. She seems to be a very serious person, but in reality she had a very good sense of humor, and a big heart.  I loved that about her. Anyway, she had more than one hundred and fifty paintings, and  I want to share a few of them…





The next painting, I brought it with me. She painted it last month. It was one of her last ones.


She will remain in my heart forever. Her name was Leonor, and she was a good mom, she was my mom.

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