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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The Paper Pundit said...

Beautiful cards!

Donna said...

Wow, some really wonderful cards you have done Cathy, they are all so beautiful, such talent!!! Just love it!!
Thanks for the inspiration!!

Kristina said...

I really love the painting on acetate. Thats something I have been wanting to try!

Carey said...

Beautiful cards. My fav is the flower wreath.

wendy said...

Wow. Your cards are amazing. My head is already spinning, and this is only the first stop. This is my first time visiting the Hero Arts blog. So much inspiration!

Ohana in Bend said...

absolutely stunning cards! there are not enough adjectives or verbs to do justice to the beauty you can create with stamps, paper and color!!!! awesome!

Bonnie said...

Such a beautiful bunch of flowers. I do love the flower stamps! Can't get enough!! Thanks for a chance for more!

Kristin said...

I love your cards. Absolutely beautiful

Janelle said...

I can't wait to get these stamps so I can create these cards. All three are just wonderful. I can't get over how different the first two flower cards are even though you used the same stamp.

Anonymous said...

Wow amazing cards & adding layers to the petals on the 1st card? so clever!

Vina said...

Wow! I'm so happy I ordered that large flower stamp! Your cards are breathtaking & your coloring is great too! Thanks for the inspiration!

Laura.K said...

Gorgeous cards. I'm just in love with that vellum flower.

thanks for all those tips and tricks.

Anonymous said...

your cards are so lovely! i just love all the details and creative use of different mediums. how clever to use the packaging!
thanks for sharing your beautiful cards, ideas, and instructions.

Nancie said...

Great cards....just love these flowers....

Angel said...

*Beautiful* cards!! I just am in awe.

zubie said...

The velum flower is amazing. Can't wait to try it!

zubie said...

Love the vellum flowers, can't wait to try them!

craftjunkiesc said...

SPECTACULAR! The clear card is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Diane said...

I'm in LOVE with your green card!!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

DianeTheLibrarian

Sabine said...

Fantastic, especially the blue flowers.

Kristine said...

I feel totally inspired! These are incredibly artistic and elegant. Absolutely lovely!

Kristine said...

I feel totally inspired! These are incredibly artistic and elegant. Absolutely lovely!

Marie-Anne said...

What a gorgeous cards you've made. The blue one is my favorite, because of the color.

Marie-Anne

Agata said...

Wow!!! Amazing cards! Love your beautiful creations!

bbgeltz said...

Beautiful cards. Blue flower card is my favorite

Jen H said...

Beautiful cards.

Piali said...

WOW!! Beautiful cards!! Love the vellum flowers...simply stunning!
This sentiment cling stamps is on the top of my wish-list!
TFS!

kscraps1 said...

Very cool cards! I LOVE the clear card--definitely my favorite.

Robin Cooper said...

Very nice! Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

Beautiful cards Cathy. love the use of colors.

Sam F said...

Oh my goodness!! So many great techniques used. I can't wait to get some of these new stamps!

ScrappyMommy said...

Awesome techniques!

nona said...

All your floral cards are so beautiful. I love the vellum flower :)

Elaine said...

Stunning cards - I just love your first flower card. The colours are gorgeous!

patscrap91 said...

Amazing cards ! the green one is my favorite.

Carol said...

Absolutely fabulous card creations! I am loving seeing all the new stamps in action!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Darla said...

Your cards are fabulous, thanks for the lovely inspiration!

Vicki said...

Your cards are stunning! Thank you for sharing these with us!!!

grammyk said...

I love the effect you got with the vellum flower and the glitter. Brilliant!

Sue said...

How much fun to get a package of free stamps to play with and you did a wonderful job using them! Have to get the wreath!

Sam said...

You've certainly set a high standard for this blog hop - your cards are beautiful. I especially like the detailed technique explanations you provided, and plan to try an acetate card asap! The stamps featured are wonderful.

Yaritza said...

Fantastic cards. Thanks for the acrylic paint hint.

marilyn said...

WOW - love your layered flower cards but my favorite is the acetate one--gorgeous!

Barbara-Jean said...

What a great way to begin this Hop...love those blue petals!

GrammaR said...

Beautiful cards! Thank you for listing the Copic colors. I hate trying to guess what was used! :)

readerfeu said...

I think that beautiful card is definetely a WINNER! Thanks Cathy.

Carol said...

I love the Large Flower card. It's gorgeous for sure. Beautiful job and thanks for sharing with us all. Kudos.

Fika said...

You made my jaw dropped Cathy.. all of your cards especially the FINAL one are soo AMAZING!! i love the acrylic paint effect.. it's super duper gorgeous, i hope you don't mind if i borrow your idea..:)

Cynthia said...

I couldn't stop OOOoing and AHhhing! Awesome cards.

Ola said...

Wow, both of your cards are gorgeous! Love the flower on your first card... and the clear card is absolutely stunning! I can't wait to try acrylic paints on acetate!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com
zloe.blogspot.com (I would love for you to visit my blog)

paula said...

OMG Cathy your cards are stunning!!!! I just adore that very first one & then the rest as well. You are amazing xoxoxoxo

Deirdre said...

Cathy, ADORE what you created - just amazing.... wow. Love them. Hugs to you. All the best for 2011.

BichonBabe said...

Love your cards. I just bought those stamps and will now be inspired even more. Thanks

Suzie said...

Beautiful cards! I love the designs and colour depth. Very inspirational!

Melody said...

OMGosh! Love your cards and ideas.

Diane said...

Amazing! Love the Lg Flower Pattern. The blue is my favorite. Glad I hopped.

Jen Cuthbertson said...

Love all of your cards and the colors are so vivid and beautiful!! Great work!!

Shirley N said...

Beautiful projects, each one so inspiring!

Kissin' Krafts said...

Great cards! Thanks for showing them!

Charity said...

Those cards are lovely. I especially like the one on acetate. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Ellie said...

I LOVE the blue flower card.

DNAMIchaud said...

Amazing cards, I love the clear one!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Anna Seniw said...

LOVE that large blossom background stamp.....and love what you did with it!!! Can't wait for mine to come in!!!

christie said...

WOW Beautiful and amazing cards, Thanks for sharing

Angela said...

Love how you glued and glittered the edges of the flowers! Nice touch!

Barbara said...

Stunning cards!

Sparky4 said...

The blues on the first card are just gorgeous, and I love the vellum flower too! Lots of great inspiration here!

Jaralubo said...

Wow, amazing work. Great techniques in your beautiful cards.
thank you

Chris' Creations said...

Absolutely stunning! Amazing work.

tracy said...

Oh my gosh such beautiful cards. The flower stamp you used on the first two cards is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful cards. Tracy

Debbi said...

GORGEOUS cards! I love the vellum flower and the painted acetate. You are very talented!
*smiles*

CanadianScraps43 said...

Cathy you have outdone yourself my sweet friend. How could you be nervous with a presentation like this. I am so happy to see that your feeling better and that you are back to creating masterpieces like these. Just one word.... WOW!! Hugs to you sweetie.

Diana said...

Such beautiful cards. Love the colors

Michele Workman said...

Your cards are amazing, thats all I can say they left me speechless!

Sharon said...

Wow, beautiful cards. I love how you restamped the petals and placed them for dimension on the first one!

Maree said...

stunning cards - good recycling

Karey said...

Don't think my first comment posted, so here I go again. 1st time visitor here. Looks like I came @ just the right time.

Ami said...

This is just beautiful! I love the vivid colors of your cards.

peeps said...

awesome cards! TFS

jenne said...

i just love the new designs!

Ruby said...

Such gorgeous cards, but I especially love your clear card, beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

pta4him said...

I love these cards. thanks for sharing.

luvhymns said...

The Large blossom done in blue and then layered is a fantastic card. It pops out of the computer screen!

Bohemian Chickster said...

Absolutely beautiful. Your cards are stunning. What a great idea to use clear embossing over white. Thanks for creating!

Trudi said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous! I love that little vellum flower.

Juel said...

Totally Amazing and Beautiful!

Heather said...

What a gift you have! These are precious pieces of art...so so beautiful!

Theresa said...

Cathy, Liked the variation in techniques that you show cased. Wonderful cards.

Whimsical Wendy said...

Cathy, I just LOVE the clear card. Gorgeous!

stefeni said...

Oh my goodness. What amazing cards. You are soo talented.

spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

sockamom13 said...

Beautiful cards. Love the clear card.

Nala verstrickt said...

Beautiful cards! My favorite is the clear one :)

Patti said...

Beautiful! Love the colors and layering of the petals!

Catherine said...

My favorite, favorite color and a lovely design!

Kristi said...

I've never thought of using acrylic on greeting cards - so AWESOME!

LuvThisScrap said...

Your techniques are superb and I am loving that Large Blossom stamp! Thanks for the inspiration ;)

Jamie said...

Absolutly beautiful!!!!

Sharon said...

Breathtakingly beautiful!! I love every one of them. Thank you!

me said...

Amazing detailed work!

Cabby Crafter said...

Amazing and very beautiful cards! I particularly love the first blue card. It's so shabby chic!

Scrapfaire said...

Your work has taken my breath, I so hope one day to make cards close to as lovely as this!! Thanks for sharing all the details and your lovely cards!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards -- the layering of the flowers is especially nice.

Miranda said...

Wow, such gorgeous cards Cathy, really enjoyed it! greetz, Miranda

Tara said...

Those are GORGEOUS cards! I particularly like the second one... I need that Large Flower Pattern stamp, NOW! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

esther a.k.a. craftyvox said...

Amazing cards, I love how they all have something different. That vellum flower is just beautiful, and I really like how you made half of that one card from a transparency. Thanks for sharing! :)

jenlynnie said...

they are all so beautifully done :)

Tamara DeCoito said...

The cards are great and the stamps are wonderful

Elicia P said...

Wow...very beautiful cards with techniques I've not seen before. Thank you for sharing!

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Oh I love what you did with the Big Blossom!!! Gorgeous techniques on all the cards.

Sharon said...

I LOVE flowers and butterflies and you've given new life to flowers - WOW! Beautiful ideas I'm going to try.

stamper said...

I really like the large flower pattern on the new stamp. Your cards are lovely.

karahoward said...

Super amazing stuff!! What a great way to start off a blog hop!

KindredEsprit said...

I love the recycled acetate card!!! And the blue and green cards are so pretty!!!

Joyce Pritts said...

Cathy, Those are all beautiful. I especially liked the glitter effect on the one.

SusieQ said...

Lovely stamps & beautiful work, I wish I was as good!

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