Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ornaments that are worth a conflict ;)

Hi there!

Welcome back to another day in this month long Christmas celebration! 


It's Christine, and today I bring you my most intense Christmas memory. :)
When I was a kid I badly (BADLY!) wanted to decorate the tree, but my older sister (she's 8 years older than me) had the privilege to do this. Well, when I grew up I started arguing about it. One year (I think I was something between 6 and 8 years old) this escalated and we didn't talk the entire Christmas eve. I stayed in my room crying and refused to go to church. 
Well, in fact the family argued every year, just because we all were very excited and we kids had big dreams of the perfect Christmas eve. (Did you know gift-giving is on Dec 24th at night in Germany?)
In the end we all set down to eat and then entered the living room with the beautifully decorated tree, candle-light, presents and Christmas music. There was love and harmony and all the disappointment and arguing was forgotten. Every single year. :)

We always decorated in red - kind of traditional. Sometimes red and silver, but most of the time it was red and gold. (Christmas in the only time in year that I love gold...). I am a total non-traditional person, but I keep my family's traditions - I make the same food, I decorate the tree like my mom, my sister and later myself did and I listen to Christmas songs all day long.

Wel, I went with the red and gold decoration that was the most important thing for me when I was a kid. And this is the card I came up with:




Don't forget A Blog Named Hero has two $25 gift certificates from Simon Says Stamp, as well as some Hero Arts goodies to give away to random commenters on the blog. All comments must be left on ABNH, from November 1-December 4. Winners will be drawn randomly on December 5th and announced soon after.





Thank you for stopping by today! Make sure to swing on by tomorrow to see what Christine has to share - I know it will be awesome!




Monday, November 24, 2014

Beautiful Snowfall

Hi there!

Welcome back to another day in this month long Christmas celebration!


It's Barb Engler here today and I want to thank Linda and Mary Dawn for inviting me to be a part of all the fun this month. Hasn't it been amazing? So many talented card makers sharing their favorite memories, or what they love most about Christmas, along with their love of Hero Arts stamps! What could be better?

Of course I love Christmas for so many reasons - family, food, wonderful memories, etc. But for my card, I wanted to share the beauty of the season in some other way. For those of you who know me, you may be a bit confused by my card. It's well known that I am not very fond of snow. The fact of the matter is, I don't like driving in it or shoveling it but I DO think it's beautiful, especially when it lands on all the pine trees we have here in Minnesota. So, I created a card using Hero Arts' Happy Holiday Trees cling stamp to showcase one of my favorite things about the Christmas season - the "beauty" of a snowfall.



I stamped the trees repeatedly with ColorBox Frost White Ink, then over-stamped with Simon Says Stamp Beanstalk Green and Olive Inks. I used Picket Fence Distress Paint, mixed with a bit of water, and a tiny paint brush to splatter the snow everywhere. I swiped the Frost White ink along the bottom edge, sprinkled it with Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder and heat set that for a layer of glittery snow. The sentiment is from Hero Arts' Holiday Sayings clear set.

Don't forget A Blog Named Hero has two $25 gift certificates from Simon Says Stamp, as well as some Hero Arts goodies to give away to random commenters on the blog. All comments must be left on ABNH, from November 1-December 4. Winners will be drawn randomly on December 5th and announced soon after.

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Thank you for stopping by today! Make sure to swing on by tomorrow to see what Christine has to share - I know it will be awesome!





Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christmas lights

Hello! Today it's me, Maya! Are you enjoying all the inspiration this month as much as I am? 


I must say it has been so much fun seeing all the cards and read about what my fellow crafters love about the season. Well, I made a card too even though I got performance anxiety the moment I saw that I was following one of my favourite cardmakers Sandy Allnock. But then again I would get it from any of the great carmakers that is inspiring this month.  Well, lets see what I came up with.


I was thinking long and hard about what really is the magic of Christmas. Of course I love spending time with my family and enjoying great food and eating cookies and hot cocoa for breakfast on christmas morning. But what I really enjoy all through december, and to be honest sometimes as long as until February (I've been known to "forget" to take town the lights, aka I'm totally lazy), is that even though it's very dark outside most of the days all the christmas lights makes it so cozy to be inside. I love the contrast between the darkness and all the twinkling lights, and with any luck a bit of snow. Where I grew up the sun never got over the horizon in december and there was very much snow that reflected in the street lights. I think that is why I love it. Can you see that in my card? 

We have 2 gift certificats for $25 from Simon Says Stamp to give away to random commenters on the blog, all comments must be left from November 1-December 4. Winner will be drawn randomly on December 5th and announced soon after.


Tomorrow you will be inspired by Barb, she is an amazing card maker. Can't wait to see what she will show us.


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Birds, Leaves, and Berries


Hello Hero Arts junkies! :)  


Okay okay, that's alright to say from one junkie to another, right? Let me introduce myself....I'm Sandy Allnock. I already know a bunch of you - and you know me - because of Operation Write Home, the org I founded back in 2007 to support deployed service members with handmade cards. They've been keeping in touch with home ever since - and we won't stop til they're all home! You can click HERE to read more about our current needs; it's less urgent than in the past since so many are coming home. (YaHOO!)

You might think I'd have used one of the fundraiser stamps that Hero Arts makes to benefit OWH (you can check them all out HERE!)...but I got all KINDS of excited when I heard the theme was "favorite things." Not that the OWH fundraiser stamps aren't on that favorite list. But it got me thinking about my Play Drawer.

The Play Drawer has awesome goodies in it that just haven't been tried yet. Or used in a way that I have an idea for. Going to that drawer gets my mojo going, because the toys call my name! 

I decided to finally work on an idea I had for the Birds and Leaves stencil. I got out some letterpress paper, Ranger's Texture Paste, and made the stencil image white at first. But then the 'aha' moment came when I remembered hearing that embossing on paste is a thing that works. Oh boy. I dug out Tim's Distress Embossing Powders (peeled paint and butterscotch) that have been stuck in that drawer for eons....and I tried it. And oh how cool it came out! I sprinkled a little of both powders, mixing them on the image, and when heating it, it gets...well kinda puffy! And scratchy, like sandpaper. 

Here's a close up view of all that texture and dimension. Fun, eh? I added Stickles for the berries (and turned the nuts into berries, since it's a Christmas card and not a fall one!). 
I considered a sentiment panel on the outside, but then decided a sentiment inside would be nice. With, of course, some stickles and Glossy Accents! (I'm a stickler for not having glitter fall off my cards....it can get our heroes killed since glitter can make them visible to night vision goggles. So Glossy Accents is my friend!)


 If you want to see how I did it, head over to my blog where 
I posted a video today showing this card being made! 

That's my card share for you today...hope you're enjoying this entire crazy month filled with goodies to feast your eyes on! All these ideas for Christmas....CASE one a day and maybe you'll be done with your cards before Dec 24th!

Giveaway!

We have two $25 gift certificates from Simon Says Stamp to give away to random commenters on the blogs. All comments must be left here on ABNH, from November 1-December 4 (though all of us posting would love to have you come for a cuppa tea and check out our blogs too!) The winner will be drawn randomly on December 5th and announced soon after.

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Tomorrow! Don't forget to come back. Because guess what? Maya is going to be here with an amazing creation to inspire you! Have a SUPER Thanksgiving next week....we all have so much to be grateful for!