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Sneak Peek #4 - revealed!

This morning Shari shared a glimpse at a little something from the upcoming 2011 Hero Arts Catalog.  I bet you didn’t expect this…

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You’ve seen her make jewelry with our flowers before - this time the amazing Sally created a necklace using a couple of our soon-to-be-released Cling stamps, CG289 Layered Flower and CG290 Four Flowers.  Isn’t it wonderful?

Stay tuned this week for more sneak peeks and reveals!

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A Warm Little Hybrid Tuesday

Welcome back everyone!

Today I put together a fun gift idea using our fabulous Stamp of the Week The Decorated House (25% off through Sunday!) and some Silhouette cut trees.  I just couldn’t help myself when I got this crazy idea of covering the jar of a candle. I was able to cut the trees to the size I wanted so they coordinated well with the house.  Everything came together so easily!

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Here’s a close-up showing the detail of the house. I used Glossy Accents to make the Christmas lights look realistic.

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Stamp Craft by Shari Carroll.  Instructions and supplies can be found here.

I would suggest using a large size candle for this project. It doesn’t have to be an expensive type, just make sure it’s tall enough so the paper pieces sit well below the lip of the jar to prevent any fire hazards.

And now more on the Hero Arts 2011 Catalog Debut Party front!  This is the week!!! Your local store needs to commit to the Catalog Debut program or wait until January for the 2011 products.  If they are not listed on our party page, ask your stores to sign up this week to get their new, advance-release products by December 10!  You can win great prizes by telling a store and inviting friends to a debut party, so call your store today.

How about another peek at something new from the 2011 Hero Arts Catalog before I go? Hmm… what’s that peeking out of the bag?

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We’ll be back later this afternoon for the reveal!  Until then…

___shari

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Hybrid Photo Card Monday & Giveaway!

Welcome back to another week of Digital and Hybrid projects!

Did you realize we only have 26 days till Christmas? How did that happen? I have always tried to put up decorations and send out our holiday cards the day after Thanksgiving. Well, I’m a little behind already with all the Black Friday sales…because after all, sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

So back to the idea of Holiday cards. Laura and I have created 33 digital card designs, most of them photo cards. We have 17 on 2P’s in a Bucket and 16 on Cardstore.com (with embellishment kit options).

Today I want to show a couple of our digital cards that I have personalized with stamping and embellishments. These cards are from 2P’s, two of them photo cards and the other a digi kit that you can add your own greeting.

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Cards by Shari Carroll.  Supplies and Instructions can be found HERE.

This next card is from Cardstore.com and was stamped with the Big Snowflake (just some simple masking over the photograph) plus I added a Hero Arts Silhouette snowflake, wrapped some twine around and created a bow.

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I also stamped the inside of the card to make it completely personal.

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Card by Shari Carroll. This card design can be found HERE.

Oh and I should mention that Cardstore is offering FREE standard shipping (until 12/20) PLUS 20% off any order through Nov 30th. Check HERE for details and more offers.

If you’re running short on time this holiday season (like me), these digital cards are a great option to add your crafty touch to create a simply beautiful photo card.

Oh, before I go… since I haven’t done this in awhile, I think I might just have to do a random GIVEAWAY!!! I will give the BIG Snowflake Cling stamp to 3 lucky winners who comment on this post by 11:59pm PST tonight. Tell me a little about your holiday card traditions. Do you send cards, newsletters, photos? I’ll announce the winners on Wednesday. Good luck!!!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with a special little project to warm the house. Can you guess what that might be?

Enjoy your day!
___shari

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Sneak Peek and a Hoppy Announcement!

When we showed you the peek this morning, did you guess… TYPEWRITER!?

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Shari created this adorable card, featuring the soon-to-be-released CL483 Type. This set includes both the typewriter image and the “hello” message, as well as lots of other fun things that you’ll just have to wait a wee bit longer to see!

And now for that hoppy announcement…

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We’d love to invite you to join us on December 10 for an even bigger peek at images from the new catalog!  We plan to have 24 participants joining us for the blog hop, including Hero Arts designers and friends. We’re so excited! We can’t wait for you to see everything!

Don’t forget about our free shipping promotion, going on through Sunday! Free shipping will automatically be applied to domestic orders of $50 or more. Visit our online store to take advantage of this deal - happy shopping!

Have a wonderful weekend,

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Whatever could it be?

I spy another 2011 Hero Arts Catalog sneak peek…

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I bet you can guess what this one is.  Am I right?  We’ll be back a little later with the full reveal, and some fun news!

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Happy Thanksgiving & Free Shipping!

Today in the US we are gathering around the table with family and friends, celebrating all we are thankful for. At Hero Arts we are thankful for all of you who visit this blog, for our wonderful Hero Arts Flickr community and for all of our customers around the globe!

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Card by Sally Traidman. Get full supplies and instructions here.

In the spirit of thanks, and also in the spirit of our other Thanksgiving weekend tradition - shopping! - we’d like to offer free shipping to our US customers on orders of $50 or more starting today, Thanksgiving Day and good through Sunday, November 28! No code is necessary, free shipping will automatically be applied to your qualifying Hero Arts Online Store order.

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Did you know you can shop our entire product line and support your local retailers at the same time? It’s true — Hero Arts store orders are fulfilled by the closest retailer with your products in stock! All orders of $50 or more will also receive a FREE gift with purchase! Use promo code HEROGIFT50 when checking out to claim your gift!

And the best way to rest after your huge turkey dinner? Why, stamping of course! :-) Enjoy an extra day to stamp for this month’s contest due to the holiday — entries will be accepted until tomorrow evening (11:59pm PST.)

Happy Thanksgiving,

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Hardware Store find with Digital and Hybrid

Hi everyone!  Welcome back to Watch it Wednesday!

Do you ever get crazy creative ideas at the most inopportune times?  Today’s project came to me late one night as I was struggling to get to sleep.  My TAH-DAH moment lasted a while as so many variation ideas flooded my head.  You may be wondering what is the hardware store find?  This ornament was created using two switch plate covers back to back creating a window.

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Craft Project by Shari CarrollSupplies and Instructions can be found here.

One of the reasons I chose digital for this craft piece was the ability to mirror the images on a two sided item.  The digital bird set is from the Feathered Friends collection on 2P’s in a Bucket, they are ADORABLE!!!  The Tall Hat Snowman images were just released yesterday as a printable PDF.  HERE is a link to all the Hero Arts kits available to date.

Did you know that each week when we do a video, we put the items all together for easier shopping? You can find this weeks items HERE in our on-line store!

Now I want to touch on the digital stamping process for beginners and hopefully I can make it a bit easier for you.  Did you know you can use our Digital stamp images in Microsoft word?  I made a video last year titled Using digital images in WORD.  This video shows you how to open files, re-size and print. Also, Lucy put together a fantastic video showing ways to layer digital images in Word, titled Paper Piecing with Digital image. I’ll be here for you if you have any questions.

Before I leave, I must take the time to wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving! I hope you’re surrounded by loved ones and friends and giving thanks!  To you my friends, as I raise up my morning coffee, I will think of you all.

Cheers!

___shari

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Tuesday Hybrid Gift Tag

Welcome back everyone!

Today I wanted to share a quick gift decorating idea using a Silhouette image, an inking technique and stamping. What I love most about working with digital images is being able to re-size them for specific projects I am making.

For my Christmas Bucket, I’ve used the same Holiday Flower as part of the bow decoration, the small flower on the tag and as confetti placed in around the gift. Oh and speaking of the tag, it’s our STAMP of the Week… Holiday Tags! (25% off through Sunday!)

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Craft Project by Shari Carroll. Instructions and supplies can be found here.

I can envision this flower being used to decorate the mantle of a fireplace, mixed with greens around the Christmas table, or even applied onto gift bags and packages. So many options! If you’re not familiar with Silhouette, it is a cutting machine that runs from your computer. Hero Arts puts out new images each week based on actual stamp images.

I have a quick announcement… we have a WINNER! We thought it was time to give away a random blinkie prize, and Andi is our winner this time!!!!  She wins an assortment of Hero Arts stamps!!!  Andi, please contact us at winner@heroarts.com with your mailing information. Check out our two blinkies in the right sidebar and place them on your blog for a chance to win the next blinkie prize!  Are you going to a Hero Arts Debut party?  We’d like to hear all about it.

I can’t wait to show you what I have for tomorrow!

Enjoy your day!

___shari

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Motivating you with Digital and Hybrid Projects!

Hi everyone!  Shari here with a week (or more *wink*) of some digital and hybrid stamping ideas.  I’m not sure if you all know but I am the digital manager for Hero Arts. I come up with a lot of the kits and Silhouette images along with my trusty partner-in-crime Laura (Aaron’s lovely wife).  I thought it would be fun to show you the many digital type items that we’ve produced and ways you can use them.

Here’s a quick list of ways we bring Hero Arts Digital images to you:

  • 2ps in a Bucket Digital kits, Holiday cards and Printables
  • Silhouette die cut images
  • Cardstore.com holiday photo cards
  • Hero Arts Digital CD’s

This week, I’ll be concentrating on things for the house like decorations, ornaments and gifts.  For today, I’ve put together a FREE digital printable sheet for you to use to create name holders for your Thanksgiving table.  This is a good last minute touch you can add, and hey, why not put the kids on this one while you prepare for your American Thanksgiving feast.  There are enough images on one sheet to make 10 tags or place cards.  Here’s what I did with mine…

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Card by Shari Carroll.  Instructions and supply list can be found HERE.

I’ve made this real easy for you all.  Just DOWNLOAD and open the PDF, fill your printer with color cardstock and print away! No need for additional software programs. I used pencils to add a hint of color then cut out the pieces.  You could use the tag with ribbon for napkin rings as well.

I’ll be back tomorrow with more digital/hybrid goodies.

Enjoy!

___shari

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Sneak Peek #2 Reveal!

Earlier today we gave you a little hint about some things that will be in the new Hero Arts 2011 Catalog. Is this what you guessed?

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Shari created this gorgeous card, using lots of Distress Ink and portions of three soon to be released PolyClear sets - CL477 Delicate Leaf Clusters, CL487 Thank You For Being My Friend & CL488 Congrats! We’re pretty sure you’ll want to add these versatile sets to your collection once they hit the shelves!

Now how about a little more happy news as we head into the weekend? We’ve picked five lucky stampers who commented on Nancy’s Tuesday post to win Winking Reindeer (our Stamp of the Week - 25% off in the Hero Arts online store through Sunday night!) and Red Metallic Decor!  They were asked to share their favorite images from this past year.  A big congrats to…

  • Brenda Lubrant (November 16th, 2010 at 9:00 pm) “My favorite Hero Arts stamp produced this year is the trees of the seasons. I have used this set many times with great results.”
  • Judy1223 (November 16th, 2010 at 4:56 pm) “Nancy, I love your card and I adore that reindeer! Would love to add him to my collection! My favorite stamp from 2010 has to be the one I reach for the most…S5215 Clouds. So versatile! Can’t wait to see what 2011 has in store for us!”
  • Maryse N. (November 16th, 2010 at 11:15 am) “It’s hard to choose but I would say it’s the Magical Background stamp. It can be used for any occasion and it’s the one I keep using over and over. Love the reindeer! It was sold out at my LSS, so I have my fingers crossed.”
  • Jess (November 17th, 2010 at 5:40  am) “I’m loving the Christmas sentiments I picked up at my LSS last week! Thanks for the chance to win!”
  • Deb Lorence (November 16th, 2010 at 8:25 am) “What a great holiday card Nancy! I agree, this image is adorable. It’s tough picking just one but I would have to say that my favorite 2010 stamp is the Music Background. I just got this stamp and it’s perfect for any occasion. Can’t wait to ink it up!”

Please send an email to winner@heroarts.com and we’ll get your goodies right out to you!

And don’t forget the Tell-a-Friend giveaway! There will be several Hero Arts newsletters going out in the coming weeks with Catalog Debut information in them - forward any of them to a friend using the special link in the newsletter, and you’ll be entered to win exclusive 2011 Catalog stamps! Sign up for the newsletters today!

Shari will be here on the blog next week - until then, have a wonderful weekend!

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2011 Catalog sneak peek #2!

Happy Friday! Today we have another little peek at something that will be coming soon in our 2011 Hero Arts Catalog!  Whatever could it be?  Perhaps some flowers?  Or foliage?  I simply cannot tell…

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Speaking of the catalog — rumor has it the design team has traveled from northern California to southern California for the “press check,” which is when they review the printing process while it is on the presses, adjusting colors and being sure everything looks perfect. For example, you don’t want the wood to look too yellow, or the Hero Hues paper colors to wander from their true hues, or the skin color of a photograph to look anything but natural. Once the press check is done, the catalog then gets printed, bound, and finally shipped out to retailers near you (starting December 10!!!)

We’ll be back later today with the full reveal of today’s peek, and Nancy’s Winking Reindeer giveaway winners too! See you then!

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Gifts, tags, ink pads… Round 1 Winners!

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What a lot of fabulous creations we have enjoyed in the Hero Arts Flickr pool over the last two weeks. So many beautiful tags, stunning handmade gifts, and LOTS of lovely inky goodness. This contest sure got your creative juices flowing…

So, on to the winners…

Our fresh face for this contest is Zayasa, who created this beautiful embossed tag with our Circle Doily stamp.

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In the digital category, we just couldn’t resist Maureen’s sweet plate.  And we love that someone couldn’t resist that gingerbread man in the top right hand corner!!  What a great way to use the Children’s Christmas Digikit.

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And now our fab five,  five of our favorite projects, presented in no particular order. Just like our Digital and Fresh Face winners, every member of the Fab Five will receive a $50 Hero Arts shopping spree.

We were completely overwhelmed by the style and elegance of Anna-Karin’s entries for this challenge.  She created a number of gorgeous entries and it was really hard to choose just one! We adore her Circle Flower card, especially the way she has layered and embossed our Circle Design stamp.  Gorgeous.  Make sure you check out some of her other entries too, especially her Rosette Flower.

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Tracey’s set of tags is perfect.  Look at all the stamps she’s used… and glitter, embossing, inking… you name it, it’s on these tags!  Amazing work.

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Sally’s beautiful cushion, featuring our Large Cupcake stamp, will be a fabulous present for her daughter. Wouldn’t any girl love to receive this on Christmas Day?

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This beautiful card by wteresa15 has been cleverly constructed - we love how she has used the negative die cut and added a gem in the center.  And those embossed snowflakes from the Decorate Your Own set look gorgeous stamped in a circle.

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And finally, Hannah made this adorable candy set, using the sweet ladybug from the Sparkle Clear Mushrooms set.  She added a tag from What’s Perking to finish it in style.

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Congratulations ladies!  Please send an email to winner@heroarts.com with your choice of $50 worth of Hero Arts product, along with your shipping address. Visit the Hero Arts Online Store to help put together your list.  And please include “November2010A” in the subject of your email.  If you’d like a blinkie for your blog to let everyone know you won, be sure to request it in your email as well.

And huge thanks to all of you who took the time to create for this round of the contest.  There were so many amazing creations!  Best of all, this month’s Gift Tags and Handmade Gifts contest is only half over - get your project submitted to the Hero Arts Flickr Pool by next Friday, November 26th at 11:59pm PST to be in the running for the 2nd half of this contest! (Please note, we have added an extra day due to the Thanksgiving holiday so you have even MORE time to create.)

Happy stamping,

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Gemstones Galore

As I was making this video in my warm sunny family room (you can see the light rays coming through the blinds), I thought about how much fun I was having combining new products with the items I already have. I can’t bear to throw away a single gemstone or sizeable piece of paper so here are some ways I found to use gemstones. I hope you have as much fun as I have making use of all your supplies.

And yes, Monday’s card used the message from this same set, the background Starry Sky, Frost White Pigment Ink and the Azure Folded Cards too. I wanted to use really tiny gemstones for the angel to sprinkle from her wand and we didn’t have any small enough so I used some of the tiny stones from the ornament gems…they were perfect.

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Card by Nancy Taylor. Get full supplies and instructions here.

Video Oops…I mistakenly used the snowflakes from last year for the tiny gems to make the angel’s stardust; however, the Ornament Gem Shapes work just fine.

In case you missed the post yesterday about the 2011 Catalog Debut Preview Parties…check it out for a chance to win some exclusive stamps!  And check out the new blinkies on the right side of the screen. Add one to your blog for the holiday season or to spread the word about the upcoming Catalog Preview Parties. We’ll be awarding a random blinkie prize next week so be sure to let us know if you’ve got one on display!

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Winking Rudolph + Giveaway + Party Invitation!

I loved this adorable image the minute I started this card, and oh so easy. You can add a little blush on her cheek and a necklace of tiny pearls, which would make a perfect holiday luncheon invitation if your friends have a good sense of humor. This card can also be made in multiples, like Monday’s card, because the Red Metallic Décor comes in a single pack. You will have to use red ribbon purchased separately because our selection of blush has a variety of shades.

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Card by Nancy Taylor. Get full supplies and instructions here.

As a special holiday surprise, just in time for stamping over the Thanksgiving weekend (with football playing in the background) we are giving away our stamp of the week, Winking Reindeer (25% off in the store for this week only!) and a packet of Red Metallic Decor to 5 lucky winners chosen randomly from those of you who leave comments on today’s blog and answer the question “What is your favorite Hero Arts stamp from 2010 and why?“…so start thinking about which stamp is your favorite!

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And that’s not all! The 2011 Catalog and all NEW stamps will debut at participating stores on December 11th, and you’re invited to join in the fun!

Just look for a participating store near you right here on our party page. More stores are being added everyday! Don’t see your favorite store listed? Tell them to sign up and win prizes! Read more right here.

We can’t wait to hear what are the favorite images from this year (and we can’t wait until you see the all NEW 2011 stamps, too!). I would have a hard time deciding my favorite from this year, but I think I would say Fabulous Flourish…oh, but I love so many more.

See you tomorrow,

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Where’s the party?

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Did you look for your local stamp or scrapbook store on the 2011 Catalog Debut Party Page and didn’t see it listed? Want to win great prizes? Tell your store to participate, then leave us a comment with your name and the name of the store that you told below! You’ll be entered to win a basket of  EXCLUSIVE 2011 stamps not available anywhere  – even Debut stores won’t have them!

Stores can easily participate in the 2011 Catalog Debut! Just have them contact Lay in customer service at 1-800-822-4376, or 1-510-232-4200 for international customers. He can also be emailed at lay@heroarts.com. Why should stores join? That’s easy!

  • They’ll be the FIRST to carry the all-NEW 2011 Catalog Debut stamps!
  • There are special offers for stores who participate!
  • They’ll be listed on our Catalog Debut Party Page, viewed by avid Hero Arts fans who can’t wait to get the new stamps!

and MORE!

And that’s not all! If you are a Hero Club member, forward any newsletter with the Catalog Debut invitation to a friend and you’ll be automatically entered to win a basket full of EXCLUSIVE 2011 stamps not available anywhere as well! Not a member? Sign up now!

There will be five winners total! The more friends and stores you tell the more chances you have to WIN! Woo hoo!

Watch for more ways to win by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

See you at the party,

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Starry Sky Photo Card

Good morning everyone, guess what it’s me again, bet you were not expecting the same person. You never know what we will come up with, and next year is full of even more surprises! Who will you see next week? Hmmm…

The Hero Arts blog keeps changing as you give us comments and feedback so keep giving your input — we do listen.

When designing a holiday card you have to take into consideration the amount of time you have for being creative and the supplies you will be using. We all know how little time we have during Christmas. This photo card was created in minutes and the “mess” was kept to a minimum by using only a single color of ink. So before deciding on your design, think (honestly) how much time you will have to create, there is nothing worse than adding another deadline to your “holiday have-to’s”. You will notice I used packs of Pearl Accents and White and Cream Art Flowers because I can mix and match the different sizes and colors to create many cards using the same design, another thing to consider.

When you have a picture that makes you smile each time you see it, that’s the one to use on your holiday card. This picture certainly made me smile, so I designed a card for my niece. Knowing how little time she has to color, cut and stamp I came up with this easy sketch which can be adapted to the background colors in your photo. The card shown on Wednesday will use the additional stamps in the Sprinkle Your Holidays set.

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Card by Nancy Taylor. Get full supplies and instructions here.

Thanks for joining me today. I will be back tomorrow with more holiday inspiration.

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And the full reveal…

This morning we shared a little peek at some new stamps you’ll find in the upcoming Hero Arts 2011 Catalog - and now we’re back with the full reveal!

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Lisa created today’s card, which features a sweet new silhouette stamp, F5468 Musical Walk, as well as a gorgeous new background, CG245 Classic Fabric Design.

We’ll be sharing more peeks with you on Fridays during November, and LOTS of them in December, so stay tuned to the blog!  And have a wonderful weekend - we hope your plans include inky fingers!

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Hero Arts 2011 Catalog sneak peek!

Today’s an exciting day here on the blog! We’ve been hard at work putting together the upcoming Hero Arts 2011 Catalog, and today we’re beginning sneak peeks of the new stamps!

So hmm…what’s in the envelope? Do I spy a new background? Perhaps a new silhouette stamp?

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We’ll be back later today for the full reveal, so be sure to check back!

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Musical Inspiration from Social Club Thursday

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Hello and welcome to Social Club Thursday, where we showcase some of our favorite recent uploads to the Hero Arts Flickr Group. At the moment, it seems to be all about the music. So…let’s give some love to this fabulous selection of musical cards, all featuring our Music Background stamp.

Firstly, Sarah who has created this beautiful inky masterpiece, using our Holly Silhouette Digital Kit. Don’t you just love the lovely, shiny Metallic Decor holly berries.

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Agata’s gorgeous Decorative Ornament card has been beautifully embellished with glitter, and some incredibly neat stitching. Wow!

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And finally, Lin’s pretty-in-pink Christmas card pairing the Music Background with the Starry Night stamp. All those embossed Snowflakes look lovely!

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Thank you for sharing your musical masterpieces with us ladies! If you’d like a Social Club blinkie for your blog, send us an email at winner@heroarts.com and we’ll pass it along!

Have you created anything for our current contest? If not, you’ve just got a few more hours! The theme is Gift Tags, Handmade Gifts, & Inking Techniques and entries will be accepted until TONIGHT at 11:59pm PST.  Don’t forget to add the label November2010A. We look forward to seeing your delicious stamped projects in the Flickr gallery.

Happy Stamping!

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Watch It Wednesday: Merry Christmas Tag

Today’s video gives you some ideas for creative inking. There are times when you wish you could magically ink a stamp in two colors or ink an image without the message. I hope this video will help you with some practical and easy ways to maximize each stamp you purchase. The video shows how to make the card shown today in multiple colors. I know you all have lots of ideas on “creative inking” and we would love to hear them.

I also added an idea that can help you keep that “invisible end of packing tape” so you can find it easily. If you are like me, you are trying to tape up packages 10 minutes before the post office closes while in your car with dinner getting cold in the back seat.

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Project by Nancy Taylor. Get full supplies and instructions here.

Watch the video and you can get a tiny glimpse of the good things to come in 2011.

Did you find the sneak peek?

Come back tomorrow for a “notable” Social Club post,  then on Friday for the first official 2011 Catalog peek!

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Peek-a-Boo Owl Card

It’s never fun to see a package under the tree that cannot be opened until Christmas; but this package tag gives you some pretty little ornaments to hang on the tree until Santa comes. You can also add photos, money or gift certificates and cards inside the pouch. If the gift card is part of the present you can wrap it to match the present as well.

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Card by Nancy Taylor.  Get full supplies and instructions here.

This little guy also happens to be our Stamp of the Week! Now through Sunday in the Hero Arts Online Store, you can add this adorable fellow to your collection at 25% off (just $4.88.) No promo code required — simply add CG213 to your cart and the discount will be taken!

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Join me tomorrow for a video!

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Here Comes Christmas!

It’s hard to believe that the unveiling of the Hero Arts 2011 catalog is just around the corner…and yes, you will get to see a sneak peek later this week. We are all so excited to share our new products with you…this is not just any new catalog; but an exquisite range of images everybody will fall in love with. So bear with me through some fun holiday samples and get a sneak peek of things to come.

When I got out my holiday supplies to start Christmas card making, I remembered why I love the holidays. I found Jennifer’s holiday cards, (since before she was married) and Shari’s cards when her boys were just toddlers. Christmas is about memories laughing over the funny times, remembering the loved ones who are no longer here, and making new memories to share with future generations. So, break out your holiday supplies and let’s get started stamping for Christmas!

I had so much fun wrapping this tiny package. It reminded me of the cards by Hanko Designs. Hanko uses fabric backing to make “paper quilting” cards that are beautiful. Using foam core to create packages in many different sizes and styles is a definite contender for this year’s holiday cards. I will be interested in all your comments and ideas on “repurposing” all my small pieces of foam core.

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Card by Nancy Taylor. Get full supplies and instructions here.

Join me again tomorrow for more holiday inspiration!

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Handmade Gift Ideas!

We hope you’ve enjoyed the past two weeks celebrating the talents of our Win-a-Day contest winners!  Jill, Rosemary, Nicky, Carole, Clare & Pia — thank you for your wonderful, inspiring contributions! You are amazingly talented, and it’s been a pleasure to work with each of you! Special thanks to you, sweet blog readers, for leaving lots of kind comments…they mean so much!

For today’s installment of Idea Friday, we’d like to share some holiday gift ideas with you! These were part of last year’s Stamp Craft Extravaganza presented on the blog during the weeks leading up to Christmas. We hope they spark an idea or two for your own holiday gift giving this year! There’s nothing more special and meaningful than a handmade gift.

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Click on any of the links below for larger photos, supply lists, and the how-to:

1. Holiday Travel Mug 2. Bangle Bracelets 3. Framed Photo Matte 4. Owl Purse 5. Holiday Treat Bags 6. Festive Shoes & Shirt 7. Holly & Candy Canes 8. Recipe Holder 9. Holiday Door Sign

Looking for even more ideas? Hop on over to the Stamp Crafting Gallery!

Remember, handmade gifts are part of this month’s contest theme, along with gift tags and inking techniques. Get creative, get inky, and have fun!!

Thanks so much for joining us this week. Happy weekend and happy stamping!

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Holiday Cardmaking… More Winners!

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We have been overwhelmed by the stunning collection of Holiday cards you have all been creating this month, and found it really hard to narrow it down to just a few winners. But here they are… the pick of a VERY lovely crop!

Our Fresh Face winner is Jenifer Ann, who made this beautiful embossed snowflake card, using the Stunning Snowflakes stamp.  Don’t you just love the color of Broken China Distress Ink…

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In the digital category, Susan McRae’s gorgeous blue ornament, made from the Leaf Flourish stamp, really stood out.  She printed text from the Holiday Prints Digikit directly onto kraft cardstock for a fun background.

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And finally, our Fab Five, five of our favorite projects, presented in no particular order. Just like our Digital and Fresh Face winners, every member of the Fab Five will receive a $50 Hero Arts shopping spree.

Mary Dawn created this soft and sweet card with our Get Merry set!  And she actually used rock salt to create the snow… genius!

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We love Sue’s inky trees, and the unique way she’s used the Old Letter Writing stamp.  So pretty!

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Simone’s Snow Globe card is such fun.  We love all that delicious glitter!

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Heather’s card is incredible.  Her perfectly embossed Fabulous Flourish makes such a stunning backdrop for her striking, red Decorative Ornaments.

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And finally, Barb’s Happy Holiday Trees look so peaceful… what a perfect sentiment.

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Congratulations to all the winners!!  Please contact us at winner@heroarts.com with your address and phone number, and also include your list of $50 worth of product!  You can look through our online store to create your list.  Please include “October2010B Winner” in the subject line. There are also blog blinkies available for all the winners - if you’d like one, please let us know in your email and we’ll send it along as well!

Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun this month, and don’t forget to check out the new challenge for November!

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We look forward to seeing your gift tags, handmade gifts, and other inky cards and projects! The first round of entries are due one week from today.

Happy Stamping!

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Win-A-Day: Pia’s day with Shari

Hi everyone!  Shari here.  I am so excited since I have had my eye on the work of THE fabulous Pia Overgaard for sometime and couldn’t wait to share a Win-A-Day with her. Pia is such a joyous and gracious soul who has an eye for design through her ability to see a stamp for its many uses.

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Let’s get to know Pia Overgaard a little better…

Pia comes to us from the Northern part of Denmark in a small fishing village at a fjord.  Her and her super supportive husband Jan (of 18 years)  have 2 British Shorthair cats Fiona & Harry. Pia works full time as a senior IT Developer in Telecommunications, loves gardening and stamping. Pia is grateful for the people that she has met through this wonderful hobby,  in the Hero Arts Flickr community and close to home.   Pia is also a proud retailer spreading Hero Arts joy in Denmark.

Here is what Pia had to say when we asked…

Q1: What is your favorite stamping technique? (Simple stamping, embossing, collage, etc.)
I love simple stamping and recently I am using the resist embossing technique often.  I always like to try out different stamping techniques.

Q2: What is your “go-to” color combination?
I don’t think I really have a “go-to” color combination – for me it depends on the season. Right now making Christmas cards it is definitely Kraft & Red. Actually, I often reach for Kraft & the natural colors when I am creating ;)

Q3: What are your favorite Hero Arts embellishments? (Gems, pearls, buttons, etc.)
Definitely pearls!

Q4: What inspires you?
I would have to give the Hero Arts Flickr Group 1st place. I have learned so much from that talented and wonderful community. Amazing inspiration & support! The fabulous Hero Artists – can’t live without the daily doses on the Hero Arts Blog ;) Besides that, I am inspired by many blogs (not only related to crafting), colors in everyday life and at last but not least, just taking out the wonderful Hero Arts products on my crafting table.

Q5: What is your favorite dessert?
It would have to be the Italian “Panna Cotta” & “anything with lemon” as a 2nd Runner-up. :)

I had to look up Panna Cotta, looks like it’s a sweet creamy geletin served with fruit, total yummyness!

Get a load of his first card that Pia created, it is so special!  She colored the camouflage clothes as an idea for sending cards to the Danish troops serving in Afghanistan.  How sweet is that!  Pia’s use of the Kiss From the Sun set is an example of how creative her mind works.

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Card by Pia Overgaard.  Get full supplies and instructions here.

When Pia was telling me about her card, she mentioned that she considered putting a Santa hat on the line to make it Christmas themed.  BINGO…. and I was off to make my interpretation.  So folks, here is my Groovy Santa’s Jammies (they look a little old and dirty) hanging on a leafless tree.  The  Magical Background stamped in white really sets the scene for winter.

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Card by Shari Carroll.  Get full supplies and instructions here.

This next card of Pia’s is so precious, colorful and I love how she stamped and layered the Circle Design image.  It’s just a fabulous way to think of using your stamps!  The resist is brilliant with the red ink.  Oh and she curved her greeting to mimic the round edge of the lace.  It’s PERFECT!!

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Card by Pia Overgaard.  Get full supplies and instructions here.

My inspiration came from Pia’s card design, the way her Circle Design was stamped off center, the resist, and of course the Bird in the center.  I’ve used one of my favorite stamps the Wreath of Leaves as my main design, then added the Two Birds set to finish off the arrangement.

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Card by Shari Carroll.  Full instructions and supplies can be found here.

And finally, this one is SO cool!!! Pia stamped the Starry Night onto very old book text with Walnut Stain ink , then stamped again on white cardstock, the words transferred over!!.  Pia said the key to this technique is the special ink used on the 1919 book.  Now, take a look at her wreath, it’s actually the Starburst image, you could knock me over with a feather, she’s so talented!

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Card by Pia Overgaard.  Get full supplies and instructions here.

I chose to fully case Pia’s card by using her same design layout.  How can I improve perfection?  I stamped on top of the Starry Night with a tree from the Season’s Greetings set.  Then I inked up a Hero Arts Silhouette Snowy Birdhouse using the Technique of the Month.

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Card by Shari Carroll.  Full instructions and supplies can be found here.

Isn’t she simply amazing? You can see more Pia Overgaard masterpieces in her photostream on Flickr.

Pia, I have had a wonderful time getting to know you and appreciating the inspiration you bring to me and the many others who have the opportunity to enjoy your designs.  Thanks for being such a great artist, communicator and friend!  Hugs!!

And now a note from Pia:
It has been such an honor to work with THE Shari. I have been one of Shari’s biggest fans since I began stamping 2 years ago.  It is absolutely fantastic to be able to share this day on the Hero Arts blog with you. Thank you so much, Shari, your kindness just shines across the big pond! And of course, I can’t leave without sending huge thanks to the Flickr Group – the inspiration and support in this group is out of this world.

Before I go, we need to share a VIDEO since after all…it’s Watch it Wednesday!

Thanks for joining US today, be sure to come back tomorrow for the second group of October contest winners!

___shari

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Win-A-Day: Clare’s day with Lisa!

Hi everyone, it’s Lisa here! Please join me in welcoming my Win-A-Day pick: Clare Prezzia (aka ctprezzia on flickr.) For those who don’t know Clare, she has a sweet, simple style — just like Clare herself. And the more you look, the more amazing little details you’ll see!

Now, let’s get to know Clare a little better!

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Q1: What is your favorite stamping technique?

Paper piecing - I really can’t do anything fancy with stamps, such as embossing, so I just stick with paper piecing. And why not? It can look really cute!

Q2: What is your “go-to” color combination?

Pink, green, blue and cream, with a dash of brown.

Q3: What are your favorite Hero Arts embellishments?

Pearls - they add such a nice, creamy touch to cards.

Q4: What inspires you?

Papercrafters! I can’t tell you how many ideas I’ve found over the Web, especially cards/layouts from the Hero Arts blog and Flickr group. ;)

Q5: What is your favorite dessert?

COOKIES! I am not even kidding when I tell you I could eat ten cookies without thinking twice! Luckily for me, cookies are pretty much the only sweets I’m addicted to. ;)

Hee hee, I wish cookies were the only sweet I was addicted to! YUM.

Now, wait until you see these super sweet cards that Clare made for her day! Let’s start with a card and folio set that Clare made with one of my favorite stamp sets of all time — the Poly Clear Russian Dolls!

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Card by Clare Prezzia. Get full supplies and instructions here.

I fell in love with the whole set, from the twine to the hot chocolate to the layers of scalloped paper, to the soft kraft notecard, but most of all with the subtle texture that Clare achieved by stamping on watercolor paper.

Now, here’s my take!

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Card by Lisa Spangler. Get the full materials and instructions here.

I decided to try stamping on textured paper too — but I used some flower texture for mine — rubbing it with distress inks really makes the flowers bloom.  And I was inspired by Clare’s scallops to sew on some ribbon ruffles!

Now for Clare’s next card — another sweet and simple stunner!

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Card by Clare Prezzia. Get full supplies and instructions here.

I just love that doily stamped in white on kraft, don’t you? And the pink bird and flowers with the little touch of green really POP!  And the bird in the circle is just brilliant, including the white edge that Clare made with a gel pen.

I thought this color combo would be perfect for Christmas — here’s what I came up with:

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Card by Lisa Spangler. Jingle on over here for the materials and instructions.

I wanted to use the deer stamp  for Christmas, but he wouldn’t fit inside the doily without cutting most of it away — plus I didn’t want to trim his antlers! So I decided to die cut a circle out of the card front, then line the inside of the card with white cardstock and and stamp him on the inside of the card. And then I had to give him a green nose — to go with Clare’s green highlights, of course!

Finally, I was totally smitten with this card from Clare — from her watercolor sky background, to all of the colors on the flowers, to the ruffled flowers at the bottom — all on a watercolor paper again. Swoon!

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Card by Clare Prezzia. Get full supplies and instructions here.

I took my inspiration from Clare’s technique of adding multiple colors to an image to come up with this tag:

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Tag by Lisa Spangler. Click for full materials and instructions.

I also got the idea to add a row of poinsettias from Clare’s green ruffled flowers — love how it looks like Santa is peeking up out of them.  And the Santa is from our Stamp of the Week set – Four Holiday Tags — I thought it went perfectly with our Gift Tag and Handmade Gifts contest theme this month, too! This week it’s 25% off, right here in the Hero Arts store. And! Did you know that orders are fulfilled by Hero retailers?  Yep, it’s true! Woo hoo!

And now a little note from Clare:

“I want to send a huge, HUGE thanks and many hugs to the Hero Arts Flickr community, and to the company! I can honestly say that without all the kind words and sweet comments that I’ve received over the past year, I would NOT be involved in this wonderful craft right now! And thanks to Lisa for picking me - I am so honored, and I’ve had such a fun time with you! This has truly been an amazing, fabulous experience like nothing else! And finally, THANK YOU HERO ARTS for the generosity and inspiration you have provided me and all the rest of the ladies!”

Thank YOU, Clare!  You are truly inspiring to me with your sweet, simple style. I had so much fun stamping “with” you — enjoy your BIG day. And! Big HUGE hugs! :)

And that’s not all for today!  Did you see how Clare talked about how she wouldn’t be in this hobby without receiving all of the comments from the Hero community? It really does mean so much to see your comments.  And, each month one lucky person wins a $100 shopping spree right here on the Hero blog — just for leaving a comment! All you have to do to enter is join the club and leave a comment on any blog post. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to WIN! And now I get to announce the winner for last month…

Are you ready?

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It’s Sue Downey! Congratulations Sue! Please email us at the winner’s address located over in the sidebar and we’ll get you all set up to start shoppin’!

Thanks so much for joining Clare and me today. Be sure to visit tomorrow to see Shari and her Win-A-Day pick, Pia!

___lisa1

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Win-A-Day - Tami’s Day with Carole!

Hello and welcome to another week featuring the talents of our Win-a-Day contest winners! I’m so very happy to be sharing this day with Carole Kisch carole-ish to those of you on Flickr. Carole is an amazing artist and a kindhearted person whose work simply speaks to me. She has a style all her own and I can’t wait to show you what she’s created today! You’re in for a treat…several actually. :)

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Carole lives in Ottawa, Canada with her husband and two daughters. She was introduced to the art of rubber stamping five years ago, and she says it was an instant attachment. Let’s get to know Carole with our “5 Questions”, shall we…?

Q1: What is your favorite stamping technique?
I really enjoy collage stamping ~ I often add butterflies, flowers, ferns, swirls, flourishes and old letter writing to my background papers. And I’m a big fan of the vintage style. I love distressed & torn edges.

Q2: What is your “go-to” color combination?
I tend to put dark chocolate brown on almost everything!! The colours I choose are definitely on the earthy side: deep, rich, borrowed from nature.

Q3: What are your favorite Hero Arts embellishments?
I like all of them!! The pearls & gemstones, of course, but also the paper flowers and felt shapes. It’s all good.

Q4: What inspires you?
Can I say “everything”? Is this an acceptable answer?

Q5: What is your favorite dessert?
My mom makes a wonderful apple pie. It’s more like a strudel actually, it’s not very sweet, and the pastry is paper-thin. Piles of fruit, spiced with cinnamon and cloves…it’s very nice. :)

And now…onto the stamping! Carole’s first masterpiece is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful cards I’ve ever seen. Just look at those lovely stamped layers and soft, subtle colors. Pure elegance. As always, the finishing touches Carole has added are just right. Perfection in every detail!

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Card by Carole Kisch. Get full supplies and instructions here.

I created a holiday card with similar “carole-ish” elements — earth tones, layered images, script, embossing, distressed edges & crochet trim. The Music Background was stamped onto canvas for texture, and splatters were added to the tree with acrylic paint and a toothbrush.

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Card by Tami Hartley. Get full supplies and instructions here.

Check out this next beauty Carole created — just gorgeous! The patterned paper provides the perfect backdrop to the white embossed Silhouette Grass image here. She is such a pro at layering, whether it’s layering stamps with other images, with inks, or as shown here, with patterned paper. It’s all good…so very good!

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Card by Carole Kisch. Get full supplies and instructions here.

I loved Carole’s idea of stamping the Silhouette Grass image right onto patterned paper, so I came up with a simple card using this same stamp and some ledger patterned paper. Very different in color but similar in design.

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Card by Tami Hartley. Get full supplies and instructions here.

As soon as I saw this next card by Carole I smiled at the sweet & clever pairing of mittens with the “sending warm fuzzies” sentiment. I love how she took a non-holiday message (this one is from the Everyday Sayings set) and extended its use. I also adore all of the finishing touches she added here, from pearls and buttons to felt and twine.

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Card by Carole Kisch. Get full supplies and instructions here.

Along the same lines, I decided to pair the “warmest wishes” message with two mugs of steaming cocoa. Carole’s mittens and my mugs look like good friends with their white snowflakes and red backgrounds. :)

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Card by Tami Hartley. Get full supplies and instructions here.

You can see more of Carole’s inspiring work in her Flickr photostream and on her wonderful blog.

Carole, I want to thank you for sharing your creativity and talent with us all. It has been a pleasure to work with you on this day together. You’re an absolute sweetheart and an inspiration!!

A message from Carole:  I would like to say a great big thank you to Tami, for choosing me for this amazing day. It means so much to me, I can’t even say. And of course I’d like to thank all of the Hero Arts groupies: you are all so talented, and incredibly kind & warm & welcoming ~ I couldn’t imagine a happier, more uplifting group of people.

And finally, it’s the start of a brand new month, so today I bring you the announcement of our next theme and challenge!

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Our month long theme is Gift Tags & Handmade Gifts, with Inking Techniques of all sorts as our featured technique. The first round of projects are due into the Flickr group pool Thursday, November 11. To keep things simple, we have a handy calendar that explains all the important dates throughout the month. You can find that, along with more details on the themes, right here on the contest information page. We have LOTS of prizes to award this month — fourteen $50 stamp shopping sprees, to be exact! We’re looking forward to seeing what YOU create!

Thanks for joining us today. Tomorrow Lisa will be here with our next Win-A-Day stamper, so be sure to stop back for more eye candy!

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