Monday, 10 January 2011

Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop 2011

Hello and welcome to the first post on the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop; I am so excited that I am kicking off this fabulous event, I can't wait to see what my Hostess Sistas have created along the way.

If you find a broken link, you can always go back to the Hero Arts blog for the master list of blog links: http://heroarts.com/blogs/club/. Also, please email tami@heroarts.com and provide the blog address that has the bad link so we can fix it. Thanks!

Our Lovely Friends at Hero Arts kindly sent me some stamps to play with over Christmas, so as you can imagine when the parcel arrived the crackers were immediately swept off the table and frantic stamping pursued......here are a few of the cards that were created during this frenzy.

Here is a closeup showing the layering of the petals

The main panel of this card was created by stamping the Hero Arts Large Blossom Cling Stamp (CG271) with versamark ink and clear embossing powder and then coloured with Copic Pens, B23;B24;B29;G21;G85;Y38 & YR15.  It was mounted onto Canford Paperwave Ocean Blue card  and then onto white linen cardstock, I then stamped it again and cut out individual petals to create dimension. The side panels were stamped with Memento Danube Blue ink. The sentiment was stamped using Hero Arts Tiny Thank you set (LL864) and the mounts were cut using Spellbinders nesting circles and Quickutz nesting flowers.

Here is a closeup of the vellum flower

This card uses the New Hero Art stamps; Friends and Treasures Cling Stamp (CG277) and Large Blossom Cling Stamp (CG271). I stamped the blossom stamp twice with Memento Pear Tart ink onto white card (don't you just love the names they give inks?) . Then stamped the image again onto vellum several times; coloured with dorso crayons & copics and cut out and layered to make the flower, the edges of the flower were glued and glittered and micro beads were then added to the centre of the flower. The sentiment was then stamped onto a separate piece of card with Versafine Smoke Grey ink, this was then mounted onto pearl grey card punched with EK Sucess border punch.

And now for my final card and thank you all for your patience in staying with me so far!

Here is a closeup of the back of the image, showing the effect of acrylic paint on the inside.

I love to work with many different mediums and wanted to get a solid colour on some recycled acetate (save your packaging you never know where it will come in handy!)  Claudine Hellmuth acrylics seemed the best way to go! If you mix them with Multi Medium Matte; the paint goes onto the acetate really well.
This card uses Hero Arts clear set Special Note of Thanks (CL499) stamped using Archival Jet Black ink and then the reverse side coloured with acrylic paints, shading was then added to the front of the card with copics. The sentiment has been stamped onto vellum and attached with glue (pearls are a great way to hide glue marks!).

Please remember to leave comments along your hop journey; because every comment left gives you a chance to win new Hero Arts 2011 stamps!

Now for some real talent, I bow humbly to the lovely Kelly Booth, your next stop on your hop.

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Kimba's Kreations said...

WOWZER! WOWZER! WOWZER!
I am soooo lovin' your cards!! So amazing!!!

gardener said...

All 3 cards absolutely yummy. I just have to get some of those stamps and copic markers.

Susanne said...

Wow! Love all your cards. Thank you so much for the inspiration

Diana said...

Absolutely beautiful cards!! Love the depth of color in each card!

Sharon Jane said...

Lovely Cards. Thank you for sharing

wildjenna said...

Oh very very nice at most i like the last card with the acrylic flowers.... Many thanks for Your ideas.

Sherri Thompson said...

Absolutely gorgeous flowers, Cathy! I can't believe that I wasn't already a follower-I remedied that! :)

My name is Erika. said...

Love the clear card with the wreath. Very nifty!

Jen W. said...

The blue flowers on your first card are stunning.
I love the green vellum flower on the the second card and the acrylics give the third card such a bold burst of colour!

Kryssi said...

absolutely amazing creations, cathy!!

Linda said...

OMG, I just LOVE your cards! Thanks so much for these wonderful ideas, because I have that stamp too and I have to try hte blue card tomorrow myself!

NancyK said...

wow - this is absolutely stunning!

Noora said...

Beautiful cards!! thanks for the inspiration!

Karen said...

Hi These are beautiful l love that large flower and you did such a great job karen

Caryl W said...

Very beautiful...and I love the idea of painting with acrylic paints on acetate!!! My first time to your blog...and I will be back!

Anna K. said...

Amazing! I LOVE all the dimension on that first card!

teresa said...

HI, Cathy, What gorgeous cards you made! I love the vellum flowers and your colors are beautiful!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

sctechsorceress said...

What beautiful cards! I love the way you colored them. I guess I need to add these stamps to my must have list.

Plume said...

THis 3d technique with the beautiful flower stamp is incredible!

tomlinsonmaryann said...

great tip using pearls to hide glue on vellum! :)maryann

mtkfarmer said...

GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE the Large Flower Pattern stamp. Your first card with the stamp is breathtaking!

Hero said...

First time viewing a blog hop and stopping at your blog first was amazing!! Beautiful, beautiful cards! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Now, on my way to figure out how to get to the next stop ...

Valerie said...

Wow what beautiful cards, just love those big flowers. Loved the design of the first card.

Sarah Anderson said...

Oh these are just STuNNiNG! I love the blue blossom card, and the wreath stamped on acetate, with the flowers collaged on time is so, so lovely!

Cheryl J said...

First time viewing a blog hop and stopping at your blog first was amazing!! Beautiful, beautiful cards! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Now, on my way to figure out how to get to the next stop ...

Linda aka Oz said...

stunning cards Cathy! You set the bar way up there! I bet it was nerve wracking being first up. But just think, now you can take a deep breath and enjoy! Oz

Michelle said...

I loved the assortment of beautifulness that you shared with us! That vellum flower was out of this world! Thanks for the inspiration!

OohLookBel said...

I'm amazed at your beautiful creations! Love the colours and lovely technique. Well done!

Connie said...

Oh my goodnes, those are beautiful cards!!Just stunning!
Lovely stamps to add to my collection :)

brenda said...

You are so talented!! Thanks for the beautiful cards!

Sarah said...

Your cards are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

DeAnna said...

Wow! I love the painting on the clear card! Great job ;D

Karen said...

Gorgeous cards. That vellum flower is amazing.

dustypenny (Joy) said...

Absolutely beautiful, Cathy!

Debbie said...

gorgeous, gorgeous cards!! absolutely amazing!

Faith said...

Really beautiful work!

Arlene B. said...

beautiful cards,the thank you card is very elegant.

Kriste said...

I love the thanks card-the color, the flower, the design. Nice work.

mimijudy1975 said...

Cathy,thank you so much for sharing your talent with us.I love the use of the Blue Danube ink on the Large Flower Pattern .It is just stunning. All your cards are lovely.

Marsha said...

Incredible use of that stamp. I love the dimension you added to the blue flowersforerit

Meghan said...

The blue card with the Large Blossom cling stamp is breathtakingly beautiful! Wow!

Kristina said...

All 3 cards are stunning - I am so inspired

luvmysilhouette said...

Absolutely Beautiful Cathy I love them all...

Emily said...

Great cards ... I really love the first card you did with the Large Blossom Cling Stamp!

Jan in Tucson said...

Cathy, your artwork is STUNNING!!! Love these 3 cards!!! You ROCK girl!!!

reen said...

My first visit to your blog. The cards you posted are gorgeous, thanks for sharing.

Lee Anne said...

These cards are absolutely beautiful! I love the different techniques you highlighted!

Tracey said...

FABULOUS start to the Hop SIsta!!!!Absolutely GORGEOUS cards!!! You set the bar high Sista!

Trinh said...

What a way to kick off the blog hop, Cathy! All 3 cards are gorgeous but my fave is the 1st one. Great job!

jintyoo7 said...

What three incredibly stunning cards, I love how you created a matching flower - sublimely beautiful :o)

JAWStamper said...

What beautiful cards to kick off the week! 'specially the acetate card! Thanks for the inspiration!

Lindsey said...

Love the card done with the acrylic paint!! Gorgeous!

pamcherold said...

Fun site. Love the flowers. So unique.

the reed family said...

Beautiful cards.

spikescreativeside.com said...

Wow! Just beautiful! Thank you so much for giving a few different approaches to using this stamp! I never thought of colouring the open spaces and paper piecing! Just bravo!

Little T said...

Great cards!

Iris said...

Love them! Fabulous use of those stamps!! Great start to the hop!!

Life On the Scrappy Side Store said...

Love the cards layering is always so pretty
Barbara

Steph said...

So gorgeous! I love the large blossom stamp - it's one of my favourite new stamps.

Clare G said...

These cards are brilliant! I love the dimension and detail.

One Scrappy Gal said...

What absolutely stunning cards! WOW!

Linda w said...

Beautiful cards Cathy. I have a feeling that when this is all over I will want every stamp that is used.

stamping on...

Cynthia B. said...

Gorgeous! Love how you layered the flower petals in the first card, did the beautiful vellum flower in the 2nd, and colored the 3rd clear card - looks perfect!

jill said...

I just love the vellum flower!!!

Janell Kunze said...

Wonderful cards, I especially love the bue one. It has beautiful shading and layering.

alex'smom said...

oh my word! these are fabulous..luv luv the paint idea..great start for the hop lady! ty for a chance..and the great cards! xo cher
hilly77 at comcast dot net

Raven said...

Such beautiful cards.

Cardcrafter said...

I love your Copic coloring! Beautiful! Thank you for providing the copic colors you used. My favorite is the vellum flower--these are always so gorgeous. Thank you!

mikki said...

Very pretty-especially like the
copic coloring.

Janet said...

Oh my goodness, the layering on the first card is just so gorgeous. Very Beautiful!

vexedangel said...

Love love love the colors on that green one--oh YUM!

Nora said...

Beautiful cards. Really like the layered blue flowers and want to try it. Thank you for doing this.

Jay Gee said...

Love your cards. I especially like the vellum flower - will definitely give this a go. I also love the card you painted with acrylic paints - beautiful.

Smriti said...

Absolutely love all your cards! Your coloring is awesome!

Tejal said...

Those are some fantasitc cards..love the colors you chose and I love love the wreath card..simply divine!!

Tejal

Larissa Heskett said...

WOW, I just LOVE the bright colors and all of the fun designs!! THANKS so much for sharing!! Have a FABULOUS DAY!! =)

Dawn said...

totally stunning all of them.... I adore the first two ` that is such an amazing stamp. Love your colour choice is superb

Aparna said...

These cards are works of art--I am definitely bookmarking them to try later! TFS-Aparna (aparnasaini (at) gmail (dot) com)

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Karen said...

Oh my!!! These are amazing!! Love that Lg Flower pattern done in the bright beautiful copic colors. Wonderful!

gg nurse said...

Great card ideas! I love the green one especially!

Lisaa728 said...

Your cards are amazing. What a sunny spot on this dreary day in Florida! You are SO talented!

Anna-Karin said...

Wow, such gorgeous cards!! Love the clear card and the stunning flower backgrounds. Thanks for sharing!!

Arlene said...

I have to leave a comment. Incredible cards, so amazingly beautiful!

I'm on the blog hop this week, so don't put me in for the prizes, but I had to say how beautiful this is.

kimurob said...

Loved all the cards -- they are all beautiful! The layering on the blue flowers was fantastic!

Message Keeper said...

My goodness, Cathy! You done a very amazing works here! I really adore each of the card especially the acrylic card! It is so amazing and it is beautifully done!

jaemom said...

Wow, cathy, these are fantastic! Amazingly beautiful; I love how you layered the flower petals on the first card; they were already so beautifully colored! The vellum flower on the second is simply gorgeous. And the acrylics on acetate? Genius!

kyhunter said...

Great cards but I love the blue flower card the best!

Katherine said...

Gorgeous cards, Cathy!

krismakes said...

wow, WOW and oh-my-goodness. Stunning cards and that last one is just "ahhhhhh".

Pat G said...

Your cards are fabulous. Truly amazing.

Joy said...

Kathy you have totally WOWED me with these beautiful creations, just gorgeous, thanks for sharing your talent. Hugs!

Leni said...

Love all the shades of blue on your first card! And the acetate one is gorgeous too!

oolgas said...

Beautiful and inspiring cards! I love them all!

Ellie said...

I've got that stamp, the big one, and I love what you did with it!
I've used it in a similar way, but other colors...

Annefleur said...

I love that vellum flower Cathy! These cards are beautiful.

Jill W. said...

Stunning cards...I really like how you stamped on the acetate. I'll be saving that packaging!

Sharon said...

Oh my goodness, Cathy, your cards are absolutely stunning! Those new stamps are the biz. Thanks for the inspiration! :D

kath said...

stunning cards cathy and that background stamp is a must have...thanks for sharing your inspiration...hugs kath xxx

Colleen said...

Thank you for such inspiring cards. They are gorgeous!

Sandra said...

oh my, these are all beautiful!
Love the colors in the blue flower card!
Sandra ltb

Andrea said...

Beautiful cards!

Andrea

Laurie Patterson said...

Wow, those are lovely. I love the flowers your made of vellum. How cleaver

Chris said...

Goodness Cathy - what fantastic cards - you have made me need that flower cling stamp - just beautiful!!

Michelle said...

Cathy, you are very clever with you cards. I love them all. The first card is truly stunning but I love the little flower attached to the second card and the third card so cute. I'm ready to try to make those cards.

Cyriaque said...

I love each one of your cards and thanks for explanations ! I am happy to have discovered your blog by this blog hop.

Marla said...

Oh, wow!!! The vellum flower is so pretty, and the acetate card just blows me away! Gorgeous!

Olivia said...

I love the vellum flower. I am going to have to try that technique! Thanks for the inspiration.

stlbarb said...

Your blue card is soooo gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration.

Emily Leiphart said...

Three stunning cards, Cathy! I love all these beautiful, textured flowers!

Princess said...

Adore all these projects! Thank you sooo much for sharing. They are so striking.

Acetate is soo intriguing. Thanks for sharing the front and back! Love it!

Norma said...

Simply Stunning!! The vellum flower is beautiful. You truly inspire me. ~NORMA

Christiana said...

Oh my goodness gracious! Every time I thought I'd soaked up as much inspiration as I could hold, another card popped up on the screen, every bit as fabulous as the last!

I adore the first card! The layering of the petals gives it such a WOW effect.

I don't think I've ever seen anything quite so pretty as your vellum flower on #2.

And #3 is sheer brilliance. Just wow. Amazing.

Thanks for filling my cup to overflowing!

Suzana said...

Stamps in your hands, the change in miracles!

Tina said...

I absolutely love all 3 cards. So pretty! You did great!

Shanna said...

Good gracious! What beautiful work! Love!

Bambi Pro said...

WOW - These are amazing. Great job. Applause.

Denise said...

Lovely cards! The blue floral card is my favorite... great coloring! A fabulous kick-off for the hop!
DeniseB

Nathalie said...

Wow! I love what you have done with the Large Blossom Cling Stamp! I wasn't sure if I was going to pick it up, but now I know for sure that I NEED it!

Cassi said...

stunning creations!

Sue McRae said...

Fabulous cards Cathy and love your blue flower card, just gorgeous!

Pam S. said...

Fabulous cards Cathy! thanks for inspiring!
Pam Going Postal

Cathy said...

These are all wonderful, but the blue one really knocked my socks off and inspired me - terrific work!

Yali said...

Wow. These are awesome. Really nice coloring and designs!

NancyS said...

WOW, Cathy, these cards are absolutely FABULOUS! Love the designs, the colors, the textures...oh wait, I love it ALL.

Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

Jessica said...

Lovely cards! Can't wait to get my hands on the new HA stamps! ;)

Allison Cope said...

absolutely stunning Cathy! Love the Copic colouring on your embossing image and your use of paint rocks!

Susanne said...

Such elegant and beautiful cards you made, wow! Thanks for the fun!
Susanne

Julia said...

Love them all. I really want to try stamping on acetate. That card is simple, but gorgeous!

Christie said...

Love, Love, Love those beautiful blue flowers. You have done a wonderful job of kicking off the new season.

Christie

Ruby Taylor said...

I just happened on Day 2 and loved that so much I had to backtrack to Day 1....I'm so glad I did. Love the large blossom set and how differently you used it. The vellum flower is absolutely beautiful...just how did you curl the petals? Love the acrylic work! Is the wreath a stamp as well? Terrific job; thanks so much for sharing your wonderful work!!

Book Bling said...

These cards are fantastic. I love the green flower!

Amy Smidebush said...

WOW! These cards took my breath away! STUNNING is almost an understatement!

digideb said...

First stop - what's left to do? Got my pen and notepad to make sure I get the right stamps - love the large flower stamps and that Mimento Pear Tart is a must for this year. TFS and great job!

Peggy said...

Awesome! Just when the winter blahs start you post some terrific cards!

Donna said...

Wow what beautiful cars the color is amazing. What a great way to start this off

Donna said...

wow great colors, what a beautiful way to start the hop

Donna said...

Beautiful cards!

leliza1 said...

Every card has a "unique uniqueness" [!!] about it!!

twarner said...

Beautiful cards! I love your coloring!

Shereen said...

now i know what to do with the beautiful wreath stamp I've ordered. Thanks for such wonderful inspiration

mtscrapgal said...

Cathy, you knocked my socks off with these lovely cards. Thanks

Helen said...

I love your cards! The layering and colors of your first card is so beautiful!

ajax said...

I love all of these. I'll be glad when I can do this good. I am always looking things up.

Kat said...

These are stunning. I love them all!

Kat x

leliza1 said...

Every card has a "unique uniqueness" [!!] about it!!

KMK said...

The Large Blossom Cling Stamp is now on my list of have to haves!!!

Victoria said...

Your cards are simply amazing! Love the purples hues in your first card! And to think you colored it in! I can't stay in the lines so I'm jealous!!! What lovely greens and your wreath is so spring!!! Keeps me hoping our lots of snow in Calgary ab will melt!! Tfs!! Keep up the good work!!

GrammaBird said...

Cathy - your cards are lovely. Thanks so much for sharing - I will definitely be casing these!!

Barbara V said...

All three cards are fabulous...colors, techniques, and images! Thanks for sharing!

Angie said...

Cathy, your cards are just stunning! This is why I love blog hops; so you can see what gorgeous creations are out there! I love your work and will be visiting again very soon!!
Angie

Miranda said...

Hello Cathy, what a lovely cards you have made here! Especially the first two, I love that stamp! Creative greetings Miranda

Brenda P said...

Great cards, Cathy! I loved the brilliance of the first card. The vellum flower was just gorgeous! And the idea for the acetate was excellent.

Flo - Sweetideas said...

Wow, perfect word for the multiple ways you used this stamp. Beautiful!

laury55 said...

great idea to use acetate...thanks for sharing your ideas

JoyceP said...

Your layered leaves are fabulous and the velum flower is especially pretty. Great job! I know you had fun.

Playing with Paper said...

I am in Awe over your cards they are sooooooo pretty!! I am new to your blog and i am sure I will be back again. Thank you Cathy!!

Mari said...

I can't possibly decide which is my favorite! The blue one? The gorgeous wreath one that uses acrylic paint??
Oh, my! :D

pinkkarin said...

Absolutely beautiful cards!

Maureen said...

Great job! Loved the acetate card especially.
Maureen

Cheri Lile said...

So lovely. Can't pick just one

Kim said...

I love the blue flowers, they do a subtle job of popping out.

Yvonne said...

Amazing cards!

Lynn (toomanycrayons) said...

Beautiful cards with such striking and rich colors.

Kimberli Sarsfield said...

What beautiful cards! You made each card so unique and stunning. Thanks for showing different ways to use the same stamp--I love versatility!

Lynne said...

Cathy - What awesome projects - thanks so much for your tips also. I love that vellum flower and the hint about the acrylic paint and matte medium.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Fabulous projects!!

Petra said...

Was für tolle werke gibt es hier zu sehen.Ich bin total begeistert.

Lynne said...

Lots of fun with great stamps. Thanks for sharing.

Dani Michele said...

Holy Buckets - your creations are so awesome! I would never have thought to cut out the flower from the large blossom stamp! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Tammie27 said...

Beautiful Cards!!! Such beautiful colors and coloring, I love floral cards. :) I think the green velum is my favorite. Gorgeous cards to start off the blog hop! :)

Lynne said...

Like the wreath the best. Very pretty.

papernut said...

I would be thrilled to find any of your cards in my mail box. Gotta have those stamps.

Nellie Foley said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration:)

Alice Wertz said...

wow! absolutely amazing, Cathy! gorgeous colors and dimension. love love your jaw dropping beauties! wow!

Sandy Ang said...

Lovely cards. And my fav is the one with the acetate - so unique!

Wendy said...

Absolutely beautiful cards! Love how you did the painting on the acetate!

Kristina said...

Awesome cards. I love seeing the different mediums used.

Cindy - FL said...

Love the vibrant colors.

Vicky said...

Beautiful cards, & great images too, & thanks for including the tip about acrylic paint, that's a great idea for acetate.

Barb said...

really gorgeous cards. love the flowers and the bright colors.

mdog said...

Cathy
These cards are just amazing! I love it all! Thanks so much!

Loydene said...

Love the vellum flower -- but what are "dorso crayons"?

Cathy A said...

Loydene, Dorso crayons are by pergamano and are use by crafters in parchment work, they are similar to an oil based crayon that you blend with an orange oil solvent to get a soft colouring on the background of your vellum.

Marylynne said...

Oh my! Your cards are stunning! The large blossom stamp looks beautiful in blue, and your added detail work takes it to another level. Love it!

Atticelf said...

I am in awe - these are amazing.

sandyh said...

i really love the cards made with the large blossom stamp!
i NEED this stamp! lol!
sandyh

Pam said...

WOW! These cards ard fabulous! Just gorgeous! I am gushing!

flowerdisco said...

sweet!!

Will said...

Wow! It's hard to choose a favorite, but I think I'll have to go with one of the first two. But the 3rd one with the recycled acetate is something I can do. I keep saving that stuff! Sometimes it pays to be a packrat!

Dianal said...

I love these cards and the new stamp from Hero Arts ... These cards are absolutely stunning!!!

Dianal said...

I love these cards and the new stamp from Hero Arts ... These cards are absolutely stunning!!!

Linda E said...

Cathy, your work is the bomb. I was drooling over what you did with the Large Flower, and then I saw the flower wreath on acetate. That design is marvelous!

Mary said...

Stunning cards...really love the blue one.

Wendy said...

Such detailed cards. They all look so wonderful.

suzieq23 said...

Wow, what talent, what creativity, i love your cards! the acrylic wreath is just fantastic. thanks for sharing.

Sharon said...

Cathy,your cards are absolutely beautiful.Thank you for an inspiring first stop to the blog hop!

nancy said...

Your cards are beautiful and I love what you can do with vellum!

kimosabescraps said...

Wow, three beautiful cards! I love the blue on that first one.. gorgeous!

Donna said...

Your cards are all so amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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