HA 2016 Planner Catalog Blog Hop

Hello and welcome!


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!


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.)


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.


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.

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!


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HA • Holiday Cardmaking Challenge


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.


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.


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)  🙂


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!


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FSJ • Think Happy Thoughts

Hey there! Today I am sharing a card that I made using a super cute set by Fun Stampers Journey. If you are a cat lover, you are going to love this set. The name of the set is Find Joy, and it includes adorable cat images and sentiments.


I wanted to make a clean and simple card to showcase one of these little cats. I began by creating a card base from Lemon Grass Cardstock and I stamped the “meow” sentiment with Denim Days True Color Fusion Ink several times to create the background. Besides that, I created a slanted panel from Butter Cream Cardstock. I stamped a sentiment and the yarn ball over it with Denim Days True Color Fusion Ink.


On a piece of River Stone Cardstock , I stamped the little cat with Hazelnut Blend Color Fusion Ink. I fussy cut the shape with scissors. I adhered it onto the panel with a Journey Foam Square, and the panel over the card base. Finally, I embellished the card with Lemon Grass Thread, a Button, Sequins and Journey Glaze details over the sentiment and cat (eyes and nose).

You can find the complete list of supplies at the end of this post, and if you like to take a peek of the new Fun Stampers Catalog, please click >>>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 weekend!


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Supply List
Find Joy Stamp Set SS-0294
Hazelnut Blend Color Fusion Ink IP-0012
Denim Days True Color Fusion Ink IP-0010
Journey Thread Lemon Grass AC-0132
Button Up AC-0224
Journey Sequins Special Celebration AC-0115
Butter Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0006
Lemon Grass  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0019
River Stone  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0094
Journey Foam Squares SM AD-0084
Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner AD-0081
Journey Glaze 4oz AD-0002

My Monthly Hero Blog Hop: October


Happy Monday everyone!

Today is the release day for the My Monthly Hero kit of October! This new wonderful kit will be available TODAY October 3rd  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.

The main kit contains: A 4″x6″ clear stamp set, dies for creating a snowglobe, snowdrifts and other background elements, seven coordinating Frame Cuts dies to match the stamp set, three pigment ink cubes in White, Silver and Baby Blue, eight white cards and envelopes, Polar White Flower Soft, Buttons Galore shaker mix, acetate sheets in 4″x4.5″ (7) and 4″x6″ (1) for creating a shaker card, light blue gemstones. The kit value is over $60, an amazing deal at $34.99.


There are several fabulous optional add-on items: CM119 Holiday Cheer CM120 Winter Time FunDI328 Skylines Fancy Dies (D),  DI329 Snowy Drifts Fancy Dies (C), DI330 Circle Confetti Fancy Die (F), DI331 Star Confetti Fancy Die (F), DI332 Holiday Cheer Frame Cuts (D),  DI333 Winter Time Fun Frame Cuts (E)

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All the products included in the kit and the add-ons are amazing,  perfect for your  Winter projects . So here is the card I made using a couple of stamps from the main kit, and the Skyline add-on set:


To create my card, I simply silver-emboss the falling snow stamp over a Snow Layering paper panel. I die-cut the skyline shapes using silver cardstock and I layered them over the white panel.


I adhered the panel onto a card base and I stamped a sentiment over a strip of snow layering paper. I matted it with a strip of a darker blue cardstock strip underneath. At the end, I embellished the card with a few sequins and blue gemstones.

Well, 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
Alice Wertz
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Debby Hughes
Heather Ruwe
Jennifer McGuire
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Kathy Racoosin
Kimberly Crawford
Laura Bassen
Lydia Fiedler
me >>> Mariana Grigsby <<< me
May Park
Virginia Lu
Yana Smakula
Libby Hickson

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


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FSJ • Life is Better with Friends

Hi there! Today I am sharing a card featuring a cute stamp set by Fun Stampers Journey called: Creature Comforts Stamp Set 🙂 I love this type of stamp images because they can be used with any of your favorite stamping techniques.


I have to point out that Fun Stampers Journey stamps are made in the U.S.A. of high quality red rubber and mounted in cling rubber.  The set that I am featuring today has many super cute creature images and clever sentiments about friendship… Love them!

I also want to mention that Fun Stampers Journey products are sold through coaches. So if you are wondering if there is a coach near your area, you can always use the the “Find a Coach” button on the upper part of the FSJ website

Anyways, today I am sharing the easy steps I took to create this fun card:



  1. Create a card from Black Licorice card stock.
  2. Create a panel (5.25″ x 4″) from Catalina Splash cardstock. Stamp Flannel Life background image with Huckleberry Fusion. Adhere panel onto card front.
  3. Die cut square with pierced edge from Whip Cream card stock. Stamp sentiment on the upper right side with Black Licorice ink. Adhere panel to card front.
  4. Stamp creatures over Oatmeal Cookie card stock with Black Licorice ink. Fussy cut with scissors. Adhere over square panel with Journey Squares.
  5. Make a strip about 3.5″ x 0.5″ from Limeade Splash card stock. Create the grass “look” using Fringe Shears. Adhere strip with Journey squares.
  6. Embellish with Black Licorice thread, a Confectionary Bloom, Wiggle eyes, and Journey Glaze over creatures’ noses.

Tip: Use a tiny amount of Journey Glaze to add Wiggle eyes.

You can find the complete list of supplies at the end of this post, and if you like to take a peek of the new Fun Stampers Catalog, please click >>>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 weekend!


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Creature Comforts Stamp Set SS-0308
Flannel Life Stamp SS-0325
Journey Squares Die Set DI-0038
Black Licorice True Color Fusion ink  IP-0041
Huckleberry Fusion Color Fusion Ink IP-0035
Journey Black Licorice Thread AC-0129
Confectionary Blooms AC-0221
Wiggle Eyes AC-0173
Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0040
Catalina Splash 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0114
Black Licorice 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0003
Oatmeal Cookie 8.5 x 11 Cardstock  CS-0023
Limeade Splash 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0020
Journey Glaze 4oz AD-0002
Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner AD-0081
Journey Glue Dots AD-0083
Foam Squares SM AD-0084
Fringe Shears TO-0081

Sharing Good News

Hi! Today I want to share some happy news with you. Recently I have accepted a part time position as part of the Fun Stampers Journey crew. I am really thrilled about this great opportunity 😀 😀 😀  Fun Stampers Journey is a direct sales company that was started by Richard Garay a few years back. Although, Richard has been immersed in the industry for many many years, it was not until a couple years ago when he, along with his wife and a crew of talented people started this journey.

As part of my new endeavors, I will be working on projects that will be mainly used by FSJ for catalogs, but I will continue to share projects once a week using  the FSJ line exclusively here on my personal blog. Today  I am also sharing a simple card that I made using some of my new FSJ products. The set that I used for this project is called Summer Rose:


I created a bouquet of flowers by stamping the images with two colors of ink over a Whip Cream card stock panel. The sentiment belongs to a set called Greetings Trends Stamp set and it was stamped with Black Licorice Ink. I added a layer of Journey Glaze on top of the sentiment just for fun and I embellished this card with Bubble Gum Thread and pink sequins.


You can find the complete list of supplies at the end of this post, and if you like to take a peek of the new Fun Stampers Catalog, please click >>>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 weekend!


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Summer Rose Stamp Set 
Greetings Trends Stamp Set
Bubble Gum Silk 
Cool Pool Silk 
Cool Pool True Color Fusion Ink
Bubble Gum True Color Fusion Ink 
Green Olive True Color Fusion ink 
Black Licorice True Color Fusion ink  
Sweet Berry True Color Fusion ink 
Cool Pool 8.5 x 11 Cardstock 
Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock 
Journey Bubble Gum Thread
Journey Sequins Pink World 
Journey Glaze 4oz 

STAMPtember® Exclusive: Hero Arts


Happy Friday, everyone!

Today is the STAMPtember® Exclusive release of a fun set by Hero Arts for Simon Says Stamp. As part of the festivities I was kindly invited to play with this FABULOUS stamp & die combo called Happy Thanksgiving (available while supplies last).

This stamp & die combo is just perfect to create Thanksgiving cards and other Fall projects.  I love that you have different additional words that you can mix to create different messages, and it also includes a die-cut sentiment  and a few cute images:)


I used the Crossing Waves Stencil and Tangerine Hybrid Ink to create a background on a Snow folded card. I stamped the words “thanks giving” over a piece of Snow Layering Paper using the Ombré Autumn ink. I complemented the sentiment with the word “happy”which I stamped with Intense Black ink. I die cut this panel into a circle using the new Circle Infinity Dies.


I adhered the circle onto the card base with foam tape, and I complemented it with some of the small images colored with Copics. To finish off my card,  I embellished it with a few gemstones and some sequins.

Did you know that SSS is having a huge $5,000 Dream Craft Room Giveaway this month as part of the celebration?   All you need to do to register is enter your info here:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/giveawayrules/

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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!


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