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Happy Monday everyone!

Today is the release day for the MMH kit of May!  This new wonderful kit will be available TODAY May 2nd 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.

This month’s kit was inspired by Jennifer McGuire and her wonderful Share Handmade Kindness campaign. The kit contains: A 4×6 clear stamp set, gift card envelope die, four half sheets of cardstock in tiffany blue and green apple, four half sheets of vellum in turquoise and iridescent white, ten white tags, .5 oz silver embossing powder, gray twine, and gems. Chexk it out:

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There are 2 optional add-on items: CL981 Happy Mail  and  DI192 Thank You Pair Fancy Dies. Please click on the images below for a closer look:

So for today I created a card, featuring the original stamp set of this campaign called Acts of Kindness, which you can currently buy at the HA store. You can read more about this set by clicking  >>>HERE<<<

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I created a simple card featuring one of the sentiments of the set. I stamped it with Neon Chartreuse to Blue ink over a white card stock panel. Then I created a butterfly with two  heart images and I also stamped some other tiny hearts here and there.

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To create the butterfly trail I stamped one of the images from the optional set Happy Mail with  Intense Black Ink. I added Glossy Accents over the hearts  along with Crystal Coarse glitter. Over the sentiment, I only added Glossy Accents. I adhered the panel over a Tiffany Blue cardstock and a piece of decorative tape over the left side.

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Finally, I adhered gemstones to embellish the card.

As part of this release, 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. Here is the list of bloggers so you can get lots of inspiration:

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Kelly Rasmussen
Yana Smakula
Lucy Abrams
Kathy Racoosin
>>>Mariana Grigsby<<<
Wanda Guess
Clare Prezzia
May Sukyong Park
Joan Bardee
Amy Tsuruta
Lydia Fiedler
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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Hey there! Today I am sharing a card that I based on the design of  the current CAS(E) this Sketch contest (#170). I really liked their design because I thought it was perfect to feature some of the new HA products included in the 2016 Summer Catalog: Hipster Animals and Glasses Bold Prints. I have to point out that all the new HA products will be available at the  HA online store as of May 11!

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I created a card base with Grenadine Layering Paper (Blush Mix). After that, I stamped  the Glasses Bold prints image with Intense Black ink (one of my favorites). I also created another panel from Snow Layering Paper, and I trimmed this one into four uneven parts following the sketch. I adhered two of those parts onto the card base, and then I stamped a sentiment from another fun set called Hipster at Heart with  Intense Black ink. I put Glossy Accents over the letters  to make them puffy and let them dry.

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To create the focal point, I cut out a 2″ circle from Midnight Layering Paper and I adhered it over the card. Then, I stamped the dog  and hat images over a piece of SSnow Layering Paper  with Intense Black ink. Additionally, I stamped glasses over the dog face, and colored the image with markers. I Die cut the hat and dog images with their matching frame cuts, and then I pt Glossy accents over some of the dog details. Finally, I layered the two pieces over the circle and embellished the card with some enamel dots.

Here you can see the complete new HA Summer Catalog:

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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 rest of the weekend!

marianasignat

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The loft of my house is where my  crafty space is located. It is tiny but, keeping it well organized and unclutterd, I can maintain my corner functional… and my mind too😀  Today I am going to share a little bit about it and how I have organized some of my crafty stuff.  Welcome to my crafty space:

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I have a small desk that I use for my computer and to create my projects. On top of the table, besides my computer, I have a big cutting mat and some clear plastic organizers where I put the products that I am going to use on my next project.

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On the right side against the wall, I have my ink organizers, which I love because I have near at hand all my ink pads.

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I have four drawers on the left side of my desk, and inside them, I have things that I constantly use like some tools, a small trimmer, decorative tape, gemstones, and pearls.

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I like to have my gemstones, pearls, and enamel dots organized inside photo albums. Those are the inexpensive photo albums that you can  find at almost any store. I have my supplies organized by brand🙂

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Next to my desk on the left, there is a tall bookcase which I use to put catalogs, card stock, markers, paints,  etc. I have the card stock organized by brand, and I have them inside 12×12 paper organize. Inside each of this organizers, I have the card stock separated by color and labeled with its name. I use heavy duty page protectors for each color and I love that I can put also paper scraps.  At the side of the tall bookcase, I have my paper trimmer and my Journey Platinum. Below them, I have 12 x12 compartments and drawers with some other stamping supplies.

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Next to my ink organizer I have a bigger bookcase which is the home of my electronic cutting machines, my printer, scanner. On the lower shelf I have four plastic containers  that I use to keep the current products that I am using to create new projects.

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One of those containers has products from the Celebra’tions Collection, and another one has products from the other three collections by Ricard Garay. I like to use clear paper protectors to put  my stamp sets, and  magnetic sheets  with die frames. I also have another container in the shelf where I put dies, stencils, and other products by Fun Stampers Journey and other brands.

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One of the last things that I bought for my crafty space is a gray wheeled cart, which I love. I can move it closer to my desk if I need to.  In the first level, I keep my adhesives and some “I don’t use too often” tools. In the middle level I have the stamping stuff (acrylic blocks, cleaners). The lower level has some other tools, as well as some other things that I don’t know where to put … lol.

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We want to move to a bigger house when my younger son finishes high school. So, I have hope that I can get a bigger crafty space some day. For the moment, I have to continue cleaning and keeping my creative corner organized , because even though it is tiny, I love spending time in 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 rest of the week!

marianasignat

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Hi! Here is a sneak peek of my card that today has been posted on the Hero Arts blog featuring a fun woodblock stamp and neon inks:

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Please click >>>HERE<<< to see the complete post.

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

marianasignat

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This just started today…

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Click >>>HERE<<< for more information about it…

From time to time I like to make cards without using any stamping. I rely on paper, die cuts, and some embellishments to create. The project that I am sharing today is a shaker card and I made it using just a few products from the Celebrations Collection by Richard Garay🙂

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To create this card I used a pretty patterned paper from the Celebra’tions Special Occasion 12 x 12 Prints. I also used the Pierced Hearts Die set to create the window, and the All You Die set to create the big sentiment.

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Additionally, I used products by Fun Stampers Journey: Oatmeal Cookie cardstock, Hazelnut Blend cardstock, and Pink World Journey Sequins.

Besides all those fabulous products, I complemented my creation with regular white foam, gold sequins  and letter stickers that I bought at my local craft store.

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Here are the steps to create this card:

1. Create a base card from Oatmeal Cookie cardstok.
2. Create a rectangular panel from patterned paper and from foam. Die cut heart shaped window on both.
3. Adhere foam panel over card base and place sequins inside the window.  Adhere a piece  of acetate over window.  Adhere patterned paper over foam panel.
4. Adhere a cardstock strip over card. Adhere letter stickers to make the word “mom”.
5. Die cut words from metallic yardstick and foam. Layer and adhere over card. Embellish with some sequins.

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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  weekend!

marianasignat

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Mini-albums always come handy when it is necessary to keep up with all the pictures that have started piling up on your desk. Today I am sharing a mini album that I made using products from the Make Amazing Happen Collection by Richard Garay.

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Last year, I became a U.S. citizen, and even though I only took a few pictures with my phone that day, I thought it was important to some how preserve this event.  To do so, I created a mini album that consists of cover, back page and four interior pages. All of them have a clearview sheet as a base. The four interior pages have a Note Pocket that holds a picture. Here is a graphic that shows how they  were layered:

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Each of the pages have a title, embellishments, short sentiments and details about that day. I thought it was going to be fun to be able to grab the pictures and see the hidden elements. Finally, I bound the album using eyelets and hemp cord.

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Click on the photos below to see the pages of my mini album with more detail:

I created a short video that shows the final project, please check it out:


supplies

Amazing Blooms Stamp/Die set
Brave You Stamp/Die set
Amazing You Stamp/Die set
Be Amazing Stamp/Die set
Make Amazing Stamp/Die set
Amazing Accent Dots
Make Amazing Printed Paper
Pennant Pattern Die

FSJ Products:
Note Pocket Die Template
Orange Creamcicle Cardstock
Rock Candy Cardstock
Clearview Sheets
Black Licorice Ink Pad
River Stone Ink Pad
Candy Apple Ink Pad
Cool Pool Ink Pad
Pineapple Smoothie Ink Pad
Orange Creamcicle Ink Pad
Limeade Splash Ink Pad
Huckleberry Fusion Ink Pad
Sparkle Drops
Cut Rhinestones
Easy Glide Adhesive
Journey Glue Dots
Journey Foam Squares

Others:
Vellum
Sentiment stickers
Eyelets

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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 rest of the week!

marianasignat

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Hi, I just wanted to share a card that I created with MMH of April. Unfortunately this product is  Sold Out, but if you bought it, here is another card idea…

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The featured watercolors by Daniel Smith are currently available at the HA store. I have to say that these watercolors are high quality, and the variety of colors is amazing.  You can check them out >>>HERE<<<

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I created the plaid  background of my card using a foam stamp that I created like I showed in this >>>HA video <<< The images were stamped with Black Intense Ink over the background as well as over watercolor paper. I cut out the flowers, and layered them over the background panel.

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The sentiment was white-embossed over black card stock, and at the end I adhered a few gemstones and pearls.

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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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Today’s sneak peeks are all about adventure. Among the new products included in the 2016 Summer Catalog, there are many fun stamps that are just perfect to create greeting cards or document your journeys…

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The card that I created for today features a clear set called The Adventure Begins, which I love because includes different fun images and sentiments. To create this card, I began by stamping  a woodgrain background over a card base (Foliage Mix Layering Papers) with Moss Hybrid Ink. Then, on a piece of Snow Layering Paper, I stamped the tent along with the sentiment with Black Intense Ink, and the pines with Moss Hybrid Ink.

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Additionally, I stamped the tent over a piece of red card stock, and I trimmed the image with scissors. After that, I adhered the piece over the panel.  I matted the panel and adhered it over the card base. Finally, I embellished the card with gemstones and hemp.

Please be sure to visit the Hero Arts Blog for more ideas and inspiration. Don’t forget to comment here and on each of the Creative Team blogs – HA will randomly select one winner from all of the comments to receive a $25 shopping spree in the Hero Arts store! Please comment by Sunday, April 17 at 11:59pm PST, and they’ll announce the winner the following week.

Hero Arts Blog 
Libby
Amy
you are here>>>Mariana<<< you are here
Clare
Jayne

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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 rest of the week!

marianasignat

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All the new Paper Layering products by Hero Arts are simply fabulous. Today we are sharing sneak peeks of some of those products that are included in the new 2016 Summer Catalog.

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My card features the Paper Layering Daisy with Frame. The daisy itself is a pop-up die, that gives the paper a 3-D effect.  I have to say that I really love the frame part. This one allows you to create an independent shape if you need to. This way,  you have the freedom of placing the flower anywhere you want. I  think this daisy is just perfect for a scrapbook page😉

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For this card I used Sunshine Mix Layering Paper and I  layered the flower as follows: frame + daisy w/frame + daisy w/frame. I colored  the center of the flower with ink and a sponge dauber and then, I layered the three shapes.  To create the background I used Foliage Mix Layering Paper, the Bold Daisy Stencil, ink and a sponge dauber. The sentiment Grateful was gold-embossed , and at the end I added some gemstones and pearls.

Please be sure to visit the Hero Arts Blog for more ideas and inspiration. Don’t forget to comment here and on each of the Creative Team blogs – HA will randomly select one winner from all of the comments to receive a $25 shopping spree in the Hero Arts store! Please comment by Sunday, April 17 at 11:59pm PST, and they’ll announce the winner the following week.

Hero Arts Blog
Lucy
Yana
Mariana Grigsby<<< you are 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 rest of the week!

marianasignat

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