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Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Welcome to the Hero Arts Hostess Hop, featuring fabulous stamps from the new 2015 release!  

Today is Day 2 of our Hop - if you've been following along, you've just arrived from the blog "Happy Heart Studio" of the sweet and super talented, Nancy.  If you want to start at the beginning or you've found a broken link, please find the master list of links for today at the Hero Arts Club Blog here.  

To hop with Day 1, go here.  

Please report broken links to blog@heroarts.com.


With so much stamping and die cutting goodness in this new release, where do you start??!  For the first card, I immediately went for this yummy new cling background stamp called Lines Background - a graphic look but so versatile!  


Here's my card:


Supply list:  Hero Arts:  Stamp - Lines BackgroundDies - Thanks Stamp & Cut, 
Triangle BackgroundCard base - Pool Mixed folded cards.
Other: Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Markers, embossing ink and powder;
Doodlebug Frosty Friends paper (for purple mat); Wink of Stella

The first thing I did was create the panel behind the sentiment.  I smooshed Distress Inks (Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves) on my craft sheet, swirled them around and inked the Lines Background cling stamp.  I pressed a sheet of Neenah Bright White card stock on the inked stamp and then misted the inked paper for a watercolor look.  Dried it with a heat tool (even clear embossed a few spots on it) and then sponged on more Cracked Pistachio to cover some of the white.  Anyway, I love how it turned out.  

Then I grabbed the lightest shade of the Pool Mixed Folded Cards set from Hero Arts - this is a favorite set of mine; I looooove Hero's pool color, paper and inks!!  I used Cracked Pistachio (adore this new Tim Holtz Distress Ink color!) to stamp the Lines Background on the card.  That in itself looked nice to me but I whipped out my Distress Markers and randomly colored some of the triangles and squares using Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, and Seedless Preserves. Then I added clear Wink of Stella to each colored shape.  Really love this look!

The thanks sentiment is a die cut from Hero Arts' new Thanks stamp & cut set.  I just love these new word Stamp & Cut sets and want every single one!!!!  Besides the word stamp, plus matching die, you get all these little sentiment stamps to add to the main word.  I didn't add any of them here, but this set includes phrases like:  "for everything", "a bunch", "you are amazing", etc.  I make a lot of thank you cards so this was the perfect set for me!  The little triangles were cut from the popular Triangle Background die. When you cut it, all these little triangles pop out - so fun for making your own embellies (these were clear embossed for the shine, as was the die cut sentiment) or using in shaker cards or for confetti.

My next card features the new Amor stamp.  Think of the many occasions this stamp covers - Valentine's Day, anniversary, wedding, engagement, I love you, etc.  When I saw it, the first thing that popped into my brain was that amor is Spanish for love and this looks like a Mexican tile.  Here's the card:


Supply List:  Hero Arts stamps:  Amor, Heart Background; gems; Sea Mixed Folded Card
Tim Holtz Distress Inks; BoBunny dotted paper, Copic Markers, Ranger clear embossing powder

I clear embossed the image with Festive Berries Distress Ink on a piece of Neenah Solar White card, then colored the white areas with Copic markers.  Because I bobbled the stamp while stamping, I had to trim it out to remove an extra scallop - hate when that happens!  So I traced the trimmed image on a white card and then cut a white mat for it.  There's a layer of foam tape between the image and the mat for some dimension.  The card base is the darkest shade from Hero Arts' Sea Mixed Folded Cards set, stamped with Salty Ocean Distress Ink on the Hero Arts/Basic Grey Heart Background (love the heart clusters on this!).  Dotted paper is from BoBunny.  Added some gems - done!  There's a lot of pink and red here but, hey, I made it as a Valentine for my parents.  They loved it, of course.


I'm the last stop for today!  

But don't fret - please visit the Hero Club Blog starting at 6 a.m. US Central Time tomorrow for Day 3 of our Hop.  Seven more awesome Hero Hostesses will offer crafty inspiration with quality and on trend 2015 Hero Arts products!


IMPORTANT - Chance to win prizes!!!

Hero Arts will award prizes from randomly drawn comments.  For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day - including each day's starting post at the Hero Club Blog.  The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning.  Check back at the Club Blog for the deadline for entry and for the announcement of winners.


Thanks for visiting today and leaving your kind comments.  Many thanks to Hero Arts for such great products and the amazing opportunity to share them with you today on this Hop.  In case you don't know me, I was a Hero Hostess in 2011.  Not only was this a wonderful experience but I gained some life-long friends from it.  I really enjoy this annual hop with brand new products.  Thanks again Hero Arts!!

167 comments:

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful cards! The soft background with just a hint of color reminds me of confetti! Perfect thank you card and the amor card is wonderful with the bright lovely colors!

Emo Marie said...

These cards are lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Kelly Booth said...

Awesome Cards Linda!!

loulou said...

Great cards. I love the bright tile panel you created with the Amor stamp - it looks fab against the dark background.

V Marcus said...

Pretty cards. Love the bright colors on the Amore card!

Heather Maria said...

Fantastic cards, Linda! On the first card I love the inky panel you created for your sentiment and the Lines Background looks gorgeous with the touches of colour and sparkle on it! Your second card looks so vibrant and full of joy! Amazing colouring and I love the way you teamed the pretty heart background with the main image! Thanks for all the inspiration:)

jcobb said...

I love the way you did the background for the sentiment...thanks for sharing it! And your Amor card has a slight retro feel...great job!

Kailash said...

Such beautifully crafted cards, love the vivid colors and designs!!!

Susie Sonnier said...

I'm so excited to see everything in the new Spring catalog!!!

Ava said...

Linda, both cards are great! I love the amore stamp and how you've colored it.

cheryl l. said...

Nice cards! I love the softness of the first card.

Shelly B said...

Love your choice of colors! Lovely cards!

joy said...

Your cards are so pretty, Linda! I love that background stamp and the way you randomly colored in little parts of it.

~amy~ said...

love your cards...especially the amor one...awesome colors!

Kathy H said...

I love what you did with that triangular background!

Brandi R said...

Wonderful cards! Absolutely LOVE the bright bold colors of your second card! Stunning ♥

Kathy said...

Hi Linda. OMG that last card is brilliant. LOVE It. So fun hopping with the hostess sisters. hugs, Kathy

Barb said...

Love the folk art card!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the colors used; especially on the Amore card.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

I Card Everyone said...

Linda it was nice meeting you during this hop.. darling cards... thanks for sharing!!
=] Michele

Vicki Dutcher said...

So fun-- great samples

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

Love that Amor card. Very cute

Nancy said...

Lovely cards! Two beautiful interpretations!

Nancy K said...

oh wow, Linda, your card designs are fabulous! I adore what you did with the Amor stamp, so gorgeous! So happy to be hopping with you today! Hugs my friend!

Toni said...

You totally rocked the mexican tile effect!

CinnamonSally said...

Fabulous cards Linda, love your amour card. It's been great fun hopping with you again.

Michele Clay said...

My favorite is the "Thanks" card. I really like the design of it and your colors. Isn't Hero Arts the best?!

judkajudi said...

Awesome, Linda! Love that Amor card's colors! I have loved hopping with the hosti ... big hugs!! And more big hugs!

Libby Hickson said...

Wonderful card, Linda! I really love the colors you chose for the "amor" card!

Barb said...

Love 'em both, Linda! The green and purple combo looks awesome on your first card and the Amor card is so cool! Love how it turned out! So fun hopping with you this week! ♥

Tammy J said...

You did a great job on your cards but I have to say the top is my fav and I love the background. TFS

Lin said...

I actually thought that the panel behind the sentiment in your first card was a matching printed paper to that background stamp! LOVE how that turned out! And you've really brought the Amor stamp to life, too. Aren't we lucky to be hopping together again?

Betty Sue said...

Adorable Amor card!! So colorful!

Jackie Parkins said...

Beautiful cards!

Beastybunny said...

Fantastic cards! Love all the bold colors.

Iris said...

Pretty cards - love the colors on both.
isoscia at aol dot com

Janet L. said...

Happy cards! I like them a lot!

Amy C. said...

Your cards are so pretty and unique!

gabriella said...

Very colorful, thanks for sharing

Virginia Lu said...

FABULOUS post, Linda! Love your attentions to details....these two cards are awesome! I love the first one with the partial coloring of the Triangle Background! I adore the vibrancy of the 2nd card! You really have showcased the stamps beautifully! xoxo

Nancy Ketcham said...

Everything about the thanks card is wonderful. I love the background with the little colored accents. The banner with thanks is amazing also.

conil said...

Beautiful cards. Nice work.

Deborah Nolan said...

Oh, I love that amor card! ALl that bright color is fabulous. (And I don't know what scallop mistake you're talking about - I sure can't see it!)

Peggy B said...

Happy, happy cards. Thanks for sharing!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Great cards Linda! I love the 1st one. So glad I've been able to hop with you this week! :)

Joan said...

Love how the sentiment really stands out in your cards.

Barbara said...

Wonderful cards...great job. I especially love the first card and the beautiful background you created. This blog hop is a great way to see ideas for the new HA stamps and everyone has created wonderful cards and tags.

kiaretta said...

Great cards. Love the backgrounds

Kristina B. said...

Very fun, Love the colors!

Barb said...

great cards

Tiffany Ervin said...

Wonderful array of designs and really love that boldness on your 2nd card!! Beautiful work! Great to be re-united with all of my Hero Sisters!!

Mary-Anne V said...

Love that background stamp on the first...wonderful cards.

donna mikasa said...

Such wonderful projects, Linda! I LOVE how you inked up the same background that I used and got totally different results! So fun hopping with you! ♥

Karine said...

Love your colorful, beautiful cards!

Waverunner said...

Wow that Amor packs a big punch! Cool! Offset by the quietness of the first one. Nice pair!

thanks!

Bethany said...

I like your use of purple on the first card. It's quite striking.

Kristie Goulet said...

Gorgeous cards!!!

Cathy P said...

Beautiful cards!

Cheryl H said...

Your Amor card is so pretty!!! and I love your colors on the lined background piece :)

Lisa H. said...

You are truly an artist! I especially like the Amor card. So neat! Thanks for the inspirations!

Suzy Que said...

Great cards!! Thanks to everyone for a great hop today!

sueymem said...

I like the subtle greens of the Triangle Background.

Karenladd said...

Love how you made your background and sentiment panel on the first card and LOVE the bright fun colors of your Amour card design!

ThePurplePlace said...

WoooHoo!! I am so excited to see you are also part of the wonderful Hero Arts Blog HOP!!

This is such an amazing HONOR? I'm so envious of all my Hero Arts friends and think it must be such a JOY to be asked...I must admit I'm a bit envious too and wish I had this fabulous opportunity?

Thanks for sharing you wonderful creativity...I'm so happy for YOU all!

Lee Anne said...

Lovely cards today! Beautiful colors!

CathyL said...

Great cards!

SuprFoxDesigns said...

Love your cards! They are so fun and love the colors

judy said...

Fun and colorful cards!

Denise said...

Now those cards are amazingly wonderful, thank you!!!

Laura Norris said...

great cards Linda!!

Ann Kulseth said...

Fun cards - thanks to all the hostesses for sharing such wonderful inspiration.

Sue D said...

Love how you created the background on the first card and the fun colors on the second.

Lieve said...

Oh wow, I love your "thanks-card" ! Really beautiful !
And you sure gave the "Amor-stamp" a Mexican look. Great !

sunnee63 said...

great colors!!

Parker said...

The Amor project's look took me back to a time long ago with the colors and the images. Good job.

Linda Rubarski said...

Love the colors in your cards.

Nana Griffin said...

Nice job on those backgrounds. Very nicely done.

Rose said...

Lovely cards! gorgeous colours in the Amor card.

cindy lou said...

Your "thanks" card looks very happy and we all need happiness in today's world.

Amante del Papel said...

awesome cards!

Janet Mack said...

Love the thanks card, I need everyone of the sets too.

pcm said...

you are rocking the patterns!

Kris in Alaska said...

Lovely job!

Patt H. said...

The Thanks card is just perfect & I love all the bright cheery colors on the Amor card. Awesome!

Megan said...

So bright and colorful!

Cortney Skerl said...

Great cards! Hey, I used to sing Bari in the Sweet Adelines, too!!

Melissa F said...

LOVE your triangle background card - make your own embellies is awesome! LOVE LOVE LOVE the Amor card - it does indeed look like a Mexican tile, stunning!

Thalia said...

Pretty cards!

Pamela Haskin said...

Great cards! I especially like the background on your first card.

stampwithsandy said...

Very cool cards, Linda. Love them both. TFS!

Cindy C. said...

Such fun cards Linda!!

Beatrice Lawson said...

Beautiful cards! I love the Lines background, great for so many different types of cards!

Brithzi said...

Both cards are just fantastic. Your "Amor" card does look like a Mexican tile. Great job. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to tomorrow's hop.

Sue McRae said...

Wow, I really love how you used the Amor stamp Linda, the colours are just perfect.

Jessica Backer said...

The amor card is beautiful!

Helen Gullett said...

Beautiful cards! Love that sweet pink card :)

AlbinoPI said...

Lovely cards...I especially like the first one with the lines background.

Linda S. said...

I have to agree with you,...so many cute new stamps and matching dies make for a fun time in our craft rooms.

Irene Grau said...

Lovely cards!

McStamper said...

Great cards.

Laceysocks said...

Well, your cards are beautiful! I love the colors that you used to make them pop!

Chark said...

wow--beautiful, Linda!

Marilyn Cruz said...

Cards are beautiful. Thanks

Yoonsun Hur said...

Simply awesome! So creative!!

fyk said...

Love how youve made two completely different cards!! Beautiful!

ivy said...

Hi Linda! Love your card with the new amour stamp!

Nandini said...

Beautiful cards! Love the folksy look of the Amore card. And the subtle look of the first card!

Dan DePasquale said...

Love the AMOR card. Colors remind me of the brightly coloured pottery from the SW. Thanks for sharing.

Dawn Turley said...

Stunning cards Linda. You are so talented :-)

Linda said...

love your wonderful bold colored card. TFS!

Anonymous said...

Lots of inspiration here! I ordered the Lines BG yesterday and have been wondering since what to do with it. thanks for the inspiration.
Bahb

Kristen Ciambrone said...

This hop is inspiring. I cannot wait to see all of these sets. Thank you for letting us Hop by.

Carol McCready said...

Great cards and techniques.
Thanks for sharing.

graham Brand said...

These are fabulous cards. Love the colours.

Skraperella said...

Gorgeous cards Linda! You have a great eye for colour 😄

Pamellia Johnson said...

Fabulous cards! Love the amazing colour combinations of the second one, like a vacation in Mexico! hugs :)

Lauren said...

Love what you did with the AMOR stamp, so happy and vibrant! Really inspired by that one.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Fabulous cards! I love these new releases! You did an amazing job with your samples! Love the bold colours!

Carrie R. said...

I am loving the background stamp. I am thinking it will be very useful for those dreaded masculine cards!

bzyPTmom said...

Beautiful cards--love the bright colors! Thanks for sharing!

cma21317 said...

I just have to try that smooshing technique. Excellent job

Christine Kaminski said...

Great cards! I love the detailed instructions on how you created them!! thanks for sharing.

mtscrapgal said...

Two very different looks for your cards. Both are stunning. Thanks.

Laura S said...

Such pretty cards. The "Amor" card is so beautiful with all the colors. Love it.

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the Amor card. So bright and bold.
The first card is more plain but so pretty.
thanks for sharing

Kim Faucher said...

I love that 'amore' card! Such great use of color!

N Patricia Castillo said...

Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing!

Shelley C said...

Really like the "thanks" card.

Ria said...

These cards are so beautiful

pta4him said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards.

Donna Dacy said...

Ilove the thanks card. The use of of the Lines background and a touch of color on it make it outstanding. Great job! TFS

Patty said...

Both beautiful cards!! Your thanks card is my favorite!!

luluvision said...

What great cards! Love the backgrounds you chose! Thanks for sharing!

Ellen S. said...

Very nice cards. Thanks for sharing!

Kamila R. said...

Beautiful card creations! I especially love that red hearts and dove creatin! Just gorgeous!

Christine R. said...

Gorgeous cards. I love the color combinations and layouts!

Becs Attwood said...

Beautiful colorful cards. Thanks for sharing.

Robin B. said...

Pretty cards, love the bold colors on the second one. Thanks for sharing.

irisesther54 said...

The Amor card is beautiful. Love the colors. Great inspiration.

Miriam Prantner said...

Such a bold card, wow! Love the colors and the graphic but folk art feel.

Cheri Hochstettler said...

Such pretty cards!

TracyM #6773 said...

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS cards Linda!!!
LOVE your lines background against your inky sentiment panel, LOVE your BEAUTIFUL combination of stamps on your SWEET sentiment panel too!!!
THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!!

Melissa D said...

I really like the geometric lines background stamp on your thanks card. Lovely to drop by and see the work you have shared.

Carolyn Steele said...

Thanks for sharing the lovely cards. The rich colors in the Amor are beautiful.

Emily Leiphart said...

Beautiful cards, Linda! I especially love the bright and happy colours on your second card to highlight that gorgeous image. It's been so fun hopping with you!!

Linda said...

Wonderful cards. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

MagsB said...

Two beautiful cards, both so different yet both so lovely! :)

Linda said...

Great cards and vibrant colors.

Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Donnadoll said...

What a great background you've done. It's so subtle and lovely. Great cards!

Karen King said...

Great projects from a great release!

Cindi said...

Lovely cards - fantastic color combos

Ruby N said...

beautiful cards!

Michelle V Smith said...

Love the colors!!!!!

Bobby said...

Great cards.

Jenn Biederman said...

Hello, my dear friend, Linda! You knocked it out of the park with these cards!! I love the lines background and the amore card is adorable! Love, love, love! Loved hopping with you and the sistahs! Hopefully I'll be up soon to visit with you again...shouldn't be too long as spring is almost here...ahh! Hugs!

Iryna Kostikova said...

Thank you for the wonderful work ! Thanks for the ideas!

scrappykate said...

Linda, I love both your cards: one so subtle and the other a fiesta!

Deeps said...

Such great cards. Love the inking on the first one. I will try to remember it to do something similar. Thanks for the inspiration.

Monika Reeck said...

Linda I love your first card and how you only colored some with green and purple on that BG stamp
love that line in purple cause its my fav color and beautiful made on the second card
lovely post Linda
hugs, Monika

Bożena Adamusińska said...

The cards are beautiful. Thanks for the great inspiration. All the punches are desirable.
Thanks for having fun together.
Regards,
Bozena

maureen said...

love the 70's feel of Amor card!

Larissa Heskett said...

WOWOWOWOWOOW!! These are just AMAMZING!! I LOVE the BEAUTIFUL Designs!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

ionabunny said...

Love lines background. Great cards. Hugz

Taunya Butler said...

Tasteful, eye-catching and super well done - love seeing your creativity at work!!!

Memories by Manda said...

Great cards. I'm loving the lines background stamp! (need!) I enjoy seeing how people use the new releases in the blog hops! Thanks for sharing.

Karen L K said...

Nice cards! It looks great that you colored in just a few spots in the background of the first card. The other card is such a cheerful card.

MargeE said...

The cards are lovely. Thanks for sharing.