Stamp, stamp and stamp some more.

Hey, there.

I am in over my head with stamping right now.  I am making an insane number of cards as teachers gifts… all have to be done and given tomorrow.  Eek!  But I gotta say – I love it.

So, I don't have much time to share right now, but will be back soon with lots.  Sharing all the cards I made… my Christmas card… and more.  Oh, and prizes. :)

In the mean time, be sure to check out the 2010 Hero Arts catalog. It is online now – you can flip through it HERE.

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See you tomorrow… after I wrap up these cards. :)

Night!

Hero Arts Blog Hop + Video + Prize!

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I am so excited!  It is the first Hero Arts blog hop, in celebration of our new 2010 catalog!  I have a few things to share with you today, including a video and a prize.  Talk about celebrating!  (Oh, and if you want to do some spending, click HERE for all the stamps at 2Peas :)

First up, here is the video showing how to do Pearlized Stamping with new Hero Arts stamps, Distress Inks and Perfect Pearls.  Lovin’ this technique.  Unfortunately, you have to see this card in real life to really capture the shine – photos just don’t do it. 

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Supplies: Hero Arts Silhouette Grass (new), Antique Engravings (new), Essential Messages (new) and Friend Definition, Pearls and cards.  Scattered Straw, Broken China, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.  Perfect Pearls and Mini Mister.  Tim Holtz Paper Distressed.  Also silk ribbon and Creative Impressions twine.  Craft Sheet from Ranger.

Next up, I did a super quick candle with this Silhouette Grass stamp.  You can see on the bottom of it that I dropped it and put a dent in it.  Nice, huh?  So I will put it on a candle stand with some rocks around it.  Quick and easy.  Just stamp the image with Distress Ink on tissue paper (for wrapping) and lay on the side of a candle.  Heat it gently with a heat gun and the tissue paper gets surrounded by wax and looks great.

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Supplies: Hero Arts Silhouette Grass (new), Target Candle, Peeled Paint Distress Ink and tissue paper.

Next, I thought I would use this fun Row of Houses stamp to make a little onesie for a friend who is having a little boy soon.  Keep in mind – Colin helped me stamp the houses, so they are a bit smudgy, but the gift is from him so I wanted him to make it. :)   So fast and easy!

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Supplies: Hero Arts Row of Houses (new) and alphabet.  Staz-On ink (for letters).  Versacraft Ink (for houses).

Next up, I just had to use the gorgeous butterflies from the Antique Engravings set.  I am in love!  These butterflies will be part of a set of cards I am making as a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law.  (I told her not to visit here for a few days so she doesn’t see them.)  I haven’t decided what the cards will look like, but I went ahead and colored and cut out a bunch for now.  I will share the completed cards when they are done.  Aren’t these delicious?  I just stamped a ton on paper and colored in very sloppily and quickly with Copics.  Yummmm…

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Supplies: Hero Arts Antique Engravings butterflies (new) and Copic Markers.  And a good movie to keep me entertained during coloring and cutting.  Four Christmases – it is a good one!

I can’t tell you how excited I am about all these new products.  Can’t wait to show you them all! 

In the meantime, as a thank you for joining us in this blog hop, I have a $35 gift certificate to 2Peas to give away… so that you can buy some new Hero Arts stamps.  Woohoo!

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For a chance to win, just leave me a comment on this post telling me what your favorite new 2010 stamp is from the hop today.  Do so by 11:50pmEDT on Sunday when I will pick a winner of the gift certificate.

NEXT UP ON THE HOP… I have the honor of linking to the fabulously fabulous Deborah Nolan.  I highly recommend bookmarking her blog.  Not only is she talented, but she is incredibly funny. 

So… click HERE to continue on our hop!

(Oh, and if you are new to my blog, please check out the Cards for Kids Card Drive HERE.  You may be interested in participating.  Thanks!)

Tomorrow’s the big day!

Tomorrow is an exciting day for my Hero Arts family.  We launch our new catalog!  We work so hard on this – projects, class development, ideas and keeping it secret – such hard work.  But we love it… and love sharing it with you all.

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So, tomorrow, we have our first blog hop… and it is going to be big.  Lots of great artists, guests and prizes.  I hope you can join.  Just watch HERE tomorrow for information.

I have to go put together my post for the hop, so I am wrapping this up.  See you tomorrow…

The new Creating Keepsakes

Hello!

I know people were a bit uneasy/sad/unsure about some of the changes happening in the new year with Creating Keepsakes magazine.  I, too, will miss Ali and Becky's columns.  However, CK has many other great things up their sleeves that I think will be wonderful.  January's issue just arrived here and I love it.  I love seeing goodies from Maggie Holmes and other rockin' artists.  Really – very inspiring. If you don't get the magazine, be sure to check it out when you go to the grocery store or book store.  It has great stuff.

Here is one of my projects from the issue.  My article is still there and now has step photos for some of the projects.  I like that. This layout shows making a dimensional border with punches…

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(c) Creating Keepsakes.  Photos by Lisa Russo.

This shows creating patterns with score lines on punched shapes…

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Next… some fun links for today:

  • Fabulous card HERE by Mariana – one of my new favorite stampers.
  • Check THIS out.  Sweet Elisa Ingram shared some fun photos from her church group making cards for Kate.  What a great way to get kids to send cards to kids.  So giving.  Thanks, Elisa.
  • AMAZING cookie idea HERE by Erin Lincoln.  I am so doing this for Colin's school holiday program next week!!
  • Sweet Kristina has an adorable blog.  She can now help people with making over their blog.  Check out her post on 11/29.  She also has a lot of fun crafting inspiration often.
  • Sweet Kathy was the one who told me about Eric, the boy from our last card drive that passed away in October.  On her blog HERE, she shares about the great impact the cards had on their family.  Wow.  Thank you, Kathy. 

Off to blog surf.  More tomorrow!  Night. :)

Blogging…

Hey there!  

Quickly – if you are a Cards for Kids person, please scroll down to the end of this post.

So… I am the host over on the Hero Arts blog this week.  I am doing some ideas for "cards that give" – cards that hold or incorporate gifts such as cash, gift cards, etc.  Be sure to click HERE to see today's post.  This is very similar to the card I posted over there… I taught this one at a class here in town.

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Click HERE for supplies and how-to.

A quick update on the Cards for Kids card drive.  I have done a lot of thinking about this and decided to extend the prize sessions from one month to two.  There are many reasons.  First, the holidays.  I know we are all busy.  Second, pulling the prizes together takes a ton of time – time I would love to spend making cards for the kids instead.  So.  Here is the thing:  The prizes I am announcing will be given on 1/31.  So anyone who sends in cards by then is eligible.  And for those of you who rushed to get cards to me this month, I am sorry.  However!  This gives you more time to make more and get them in.  I hope you all understand, and that this will result in more cards for these kids.  So – in summary – the first set of prizes will now be given on 1/31 instead of 12/31.  Thanks!

Next, two of our kids could use our prayers.  First, Kate starts her 5th round of chemo tonight – a really tough round.  Please keep her in your thoughts.  (Click HERE for more info.)  Also, sweet Sami has hit a pretty scary bump in the road.  I pray she gets home quickly.

OK… off to get some more work done.  Night!

Quick Post

Hi!  Just got home from a Cincinnati Pops concert.  The African Childrens Choir sang.  Wow.  That is all I can say.  Wow.

Wanted to post quickly to ask anyone who sent in cards for the last card drive – please click HERE. There are a few winners we need to contact.  Thanks!

I will be back with more tomorrow.  Night.