My Monthly Hero Blog Hop: November


Happy Monday everyone!

Today is the release day for the My Monthly Hero kit of November! This new wonderful kit will be available TODAY November 7th 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, November 14.

The kit contains: a 4″x 6″ clear stamp set, a set of 13 dies for creating diamond-shaped ornaments and embellishments, a VersaMark ink cube, White Puff embossing powder, 10 half sheets of vellum card stock, 2 half sheets of each card stock: metallic red, metallic blue and patterned, Ornament hooks and more! The kit value is $60, an amazing deal at $34.99


There are several optional add-on items: DC200 Little Messages Stamp & Cut,
DC201 Number It Stamp & Cut , SA087 Holiday Words StencilCM122 Mini Christmas.

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On the Hero Arts site, there are also a couple of mystery “grab bags” available:
WB1101 Mystery Stocking Stuffer:  – a grab bag of 5 little Christmas-themed stamps, good for filling advent calendars or stuffing stockings!
WB1100 Mystery Treat Bag: – for tag making, so includes printed tags, a stamp, twine and an ink cube.


The November kit was designed as a DIY, with ornaments, advent calendar containers, garlands, and lanterns (when cut-out in vellum and placed over tree lights) in mind – and beyond Christmas as party and wedding favors. This is a versatile kit that you don’t want to miss!  For today’s blog hop,  I created a card using some of the products included in the main kit. Check it out:


I have always thought that simple makes wonders. For my card,  I used one blue patterned paper to create a card base. After that, I created a rectangular panel with the metallic blue card stock and I silver-embossed a sentiment. I matted the panel with vellum card stock and I adhered the panel over the card base with foam tape.


Then, I die cut the triangular snowflake shape from a piece of blue metallic card stock, and I trimmed it into a triangle using a craft knife . I adhered a piece of vellum paper from behind and I adhered  the piece onto the card with foam tape as well. To finish off the card, I used a silver sequin  and twine from my stash.  Quite simple, but I think it looks very pretty.

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 Sunday, November 13 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week. Here is the complete list of participant blogs:

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Yana Smakula
you’re here> Mariana Grigsby <you’re here
May Park
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Ilina Crouse
Laura Bassen
Heather Ruwe
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Shari Carroll at Simon Says Stamp
Julie Ebersole at Ellen Hutson’s CLASSroom
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 • Make Amazing Happen

Hi! I am back today to share a card that I created with  FSJ and RG products. I have to confess that this card was made from elements that I prepared for other cards but I did not use.  I always have a bunch of different elements piling up on my desk for a few days, before they can be re-purposed or discarded. It is funny how sometimes you can use those pieces for something else.


Anyways, to create the background I used a Sweet Berry Panel, and I flicked Silver Silk all over.  The Tag was made from Lemon Drop card stock and a  die set called Build a Tag Two from the Celebra’tions Collection by RG.   The sentiment is from a FSJ stamp set called Greeting Trends and it was simply stamped over a Whip Cream card stock  strip with Black Licorice Ink, and the left side was trimmed with scissors.


The little heart shape is from a Celebra’tions Die Set called Pierced Hearts. I die cut the piece from Lemon Drop cardstock, I added Journey Glaze and Journey Sparkle Dust over to make it shine.  The loops were created with LumberJack Jean Cord. I layered all the elements of this card onto a River Stone card stock card base and at the end, I simply embellished it with some Silver sequins. You can find the complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

As you can see, I do not always plan my projects. Some of them just happen to be already on my desk, waiting to be put together 🙂

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

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


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Greetings Trends Stamp Set SS-0166
Black Licorice True Color Fusion ink  IP-0041
Silver Silk IP-0090
Lemon Drop  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0018
Journey Sequins Special Celebration AC-0115
Journey Sparkle Dust AC-0013
Journey Glaze 4oz AD-0002
Journey Foam Squares MD AD-0085
White Liner AD-0001
Sweet Berry  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0034
Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0040

RG Products:
Build a Tag Two Die Set SCD-011
Pierced Heart Die Set SCD-025
Jean Cord AC-0001

Today’s Card: Happy Haunting

Hi! Here is a little card that I created showcasing some fabulous products by Hero Arts.


Round cards are fun, they are super easy to make and they can perfectly fit in a square envelope.

To create front and back of my card, I used the Circle Infinity dies along with Aubergine Layering Paper (Floral Mixed).  Then, I die cut a smaller circle from Poppy Layering Paper (Sunshine Mixed). To make the color a bit brighter, I applied Dandelion and Tangerine Hybrid Inks  with the help of a sponge dauber over the circle panel.  Additionally, I used one of the Add-On products from the last MMH release called  Star Confetti Fancy Die  to die cut a Black Layering panel . After that, I die cut  again  the black panel into a circle. I layered the yellow and black panel over the card base. I want to point out that I love the Infinity dies set  because it includes  many different sizes of circles, eighteen total!


Next, I simply stamped the cute ghosts and sentiment from the Kelly’s Spooktacular set with Intense Black ink onto a piece of Snow Layering Paper.  I colored the sentiment with a purple Copic Marker, and I fussy cut all the pieces. I adhered them over the card with foam tape. To finish off the card, I added Glossy accents details along with Glitter and gemstones.

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

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


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FSJ: Brave You

Hello everyone! I am back today to share a card that I created for the Be Brave Card Drive that is currently going on at the Fun Stampers Journey Blog. This drive is supporting the breast cancer awareness month in October.  You can join the drive during this month by creating handmade inspirational cards and send them to the Journey Station. You can find more information about this drive by clicking >>>HERE<<<


This is the card that I created for the drive:


This card is quite easy to make. You will find the complete list of supplies at the end of this post, and you will see that I am using very few products to create it along with one of the stamps that belong to the Make Amazing Collection Happen by Richard Garay.


This are the instructions to replicate my card:

1. Make a card base from Bubble Gum Card stock.
2. Die cut Doily shape from Bubble Gum card stock. Adhere piece over card base a bit off the right side of the card and trim excess with scissors. Flick some Silver and Bubble Gum silk.
3. Stamp sentiment over Whip Cream card stock using Cocoa Powder ink. Die cut with its matching die. Apply Glossy Accents and Sparkles cuts over. Let dry.


4. Make a breast cancer ribbon from Satin Ribbon Bubble Gum. Affix  ribbon with glue dots.
5. Adhere sentiment with foam squares.
6. Embellish card with a bud and pink sequins

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Well, that’s all from me for today, I hope you feel inspired to participate on the Be Brave Card Drive.

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


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Doily Die DI-0105
Cocoa Powder Color Fusion Ink IP-0016
Bubble Gum Silk IP-0092
Silver Silk IP-0090
Love Buds AC-0177
Satin Ribbon Bubble Gum AC-0105
Journey Sequins Pink World AC-0112
Journey Sparkle Cuts AC-0151
Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0040
Bubble Gum  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0099
Journey Glaze 4oz AD-0002
Journey Craft Glue  1.27 oz AD-0111
Journey Glue Dots AD-0083

Make Amazing Happen Collection by RG:
Brave You Stamp/Die Set MASD-002

FSJ • Reach for the Stars

Hey there! I am back today to share a little treat box that I made using some products from the  Be Amazing Collection by Fun Stampers Journey. This collection is all about color, and it includes lots of coordinating products like cardstock, patterned papers, embellishments, inks, silks, splashes and so much more.


A  little box like this one can be used to make party favors or maybe to give a little something to someone special. To create it,  I used the Treat Box Die along with Outrageous Pink Cardstock. Before I assembled it, I flicked all the Silk colors of the Be Amazing collection over it. I loved the way it looks!


I created a star shape focal point using two dies from the Star-Dom Die Set along with Sour Lemon and Orange Rave cardstock colors. I adhered the two stars, one on top of the other one,  over the box with a couple of foam squares . Next, I stamped a sentiment from the Greetings Trends Stamp Set with Black Licorice True Color Fusion ink, and I trimmed around it with scissors. I adhered it over the star with foam squares as well.


I added a few more details: a wooden star, Black Licorice Thread, Gingham Ribbon Black Licorice, a Mini Wooden Clothespin, and some flat sequins. I pull out these sequins from the Sparkle and Amazing Trims.


To finish off this project I applied Journey Glaze over the sentiment and wooden star and then,  I sprinkled Sparkle Cuts.

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 rest of the  weekend!


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Greetings Trends Stamp Set SS-0166
Star-Dom Die Set  DI-0052
Treat Box Die DI-0006
Black Licorice True Color Fusion ink  IP-0041
Cosmic Grape Color Fusion Ink IP-0117
Electric Lime Color Fusion Ink IP-0108
Orange Rave Color Fusion Ink IP-0118
Outrageous Pink Color Fusion Ink IP-0109
Sour Lemon Color Fusion Ink IP-0110
Turbo Teal Color Fusion Ink IP-0119
Amazing Accents AC-0201
Sparkle Trim AC-0207
Amazing Trim AC-0206
Mini Wooden Clothespins AC-0029
Gingham Ribbon Black Licorice AC-0096
Journey Black Licorice Thread AC-0129
Journey Sparkle Cuts AC-0151
Journey Glaze 4oz AD-0002
Journey Foam Squares MD AD-0085
White Liner AD-0001
Outrageous Pink  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0124
Orange Rave  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-124
Sour Lemon  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0126

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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