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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Suzanne C said...

WOWZER Cathy... Those are gorgeous cards! Love what you did with the Large Flower Pattern. Stunning! The clear card is fabulous too! Great kick-off for the hop!

Lin said...

Sista, I knew you would hit this out of the ballpark! Absolutely wonderful treatment of your new stamps - the large flower background has shot to the top of my wishlist! So very beautiful!

Sarah said...

Wow! What creativity! You are the queen of technique! Gorgeous cards, Cathy!

Kelly Booth said...

WOWZER....your just Amazing Girly and I really need that Flower DB Now!! such pretty cards....Hugs!!

Heather Maria said...

Wow, wow and wow again, Cathy, these are all fantastic cards! Your colouring is amazing and I love the effect of colouring on acetate! Wonderful vellum flower too!

Jacqueline said...

Beautiful use of your stamps Cathy, the first one is gorgeous!

Shelley said...

They are beautiful great job!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

What a wonderful set. I really love that blue flower card - great colouring and mirror image of the colours on the borders.

Simone said...

Wow these are all gorgeous cards Cathy! Love the background stamps and that vellum flower :)

Barb said...

Wow, Cathy! What amazing cards! Love the way you've layered the flower on the first card! Gorgeous coloring on each one! Fabulous way to start off the hop!

Patricia said...

so beautiful cards i love all of them but first one is amazing =p

Janet L. said...

Oh, my gosh, what beautiful cards! I love the colors and the details. The Large Flower stamp made awesome cards!! I need that stamp!

Pippa67 said...

Wow, wow, no words here. Stunning. Such a beautifull cards.

Beth said...

I love the lime green Thanks card!

Wentzels said...

beautiful cards and very inspiring

diva said...

Love your cards, can't wait to get the stamps try them myself

Thalia said...

Gorgeous cards!! I appreciate the details instructions and supply lists, very helpful for a novice like me. Thanks!

Judy1223 said...

Cathy, you HAVE been busy! I love all the cards you made, although I think my favorite is the vellum flower...WOW! Thanks for a great start to the hop...

stamping sue said...

Your cards are beautiful. Like the layering and the painting on the back of the clear plastic. stamping sue

Nat said...

wow, gorgeous creations, love how you have used the Claudine Hellmuth acrylics!

Lindsay M. said...

Oh my craftiness!!!!!! How amazingly gorgeous are all of these cards!!!??? I love them all!!! The colors are simply stunning!!!! Great job!!!!

Ingrid said...

Beautiful cards from beautiful stamps... love them all!

Mernin said...

Those are awesome!!

~amy~ said...

absolutely gorgeous....thanks for all the inspiration!!!

Mannayah said...

your blue card looks fab I only just got the stamp yesterday .. and can't wait to try Jennifer McGuires techniques .. but acrylic pain on acetate .. now thats new and I gotta place order for those too :)

Vera Rhuhay said...

Wow..Wow...Cathy....these are Amazing!!! So so inspiring :)

walchowDesign said...

Wow! Love those bg stamps - they are stunning! Great kick-off for the hop!

Noga said...

Beautiful!

nina said...

Beautiful!

Lilsis said...

Hop, hop, hop...it's the Hero Arts Blog Hop!

Stamp, stamp, stamp...if I win some new toys will be free, not bought!

Eleanor said...

I love that wreath. I can see the hard work you put into each of those beautiful cards.

judy said...

Beautiful and inspiring cards, Cathy!
Thanks for all the inspiration and
adding a few more stamps to my wish
list.

SannaS said...

oh WOW!!!! Gorgeous cards!!! =)

Angela said...

Totally amazing. Wish I was as talented as you! Love the large blue flower and the painting on acetate is out of this world.

Nancy S said...

These cards absolutely take my breath away! Now, I gotta subscribe to your blog. thanks for these beauties.

Rachel Izakowicz said...

Wow!! I love these. The large blossom background is on my wishlist and now I want it even more - just beautiful!

~ Kendra ~ said...

BEAUTFIFUL CARDS!! Oh I just love the flowers!!

Kendra

Summer Braxton said...

Those top two cards are stunning.... Just breathtaking

Nancy said...

Wow...that's what I call eye-candy! Love your fun techniques and gorgeous cards, Cathy...way to start things off this morning!
blessings...

LillaMinne said...

The first card is just so beautiful it takes my breath away, and its hard to imagine you used the same stamp on card 2. Nice to see two completaly different ways to use the same stamp.

Disp6194 said...

Wow these are all stunning! What fantastic projects to start the hop, I love the way you used the background stamp I never would have though to do that :) Thanks so much for sharing!!

Ellie A. said...

Talk about starting w/a bang. Love your cards. So beautiful and then colors are perfect.

Karina Beck said...

This is beautiful work. Love the colours, layers and designs.

scrappin.bari said...

Such gorgeous cards, Cathy! I love all the details, especially the vellum flower! Thanks for the inspiration today!!

Ziggyeor said...

Gorgeous! I really like the vellum flower.

cheiron said...

These are just gorgeous!

Barb said...

I loved the floral cards and the excellent instructions. Many thanks for the attention to detail in posting the colors of the copic markers, too. Keep up the great work.

judkajudi said...

Awesome, gorgeous and inspirational, Cathy! Stunning work.

Kelly Sas said...

Wow! Great first stop on the hop! I love this large flower stamp and all the different ways you show us how to use it. Thanks for the details!

Cathy said...

Beautiful flowers card. i love the coloring u did to the cards.and much thanks for sharing this
x
cathy

Lynn said...

Those cards are gorgeous, and I love how you used the same stamp but in completely different ways

Rosemary said...

wow, cathy! beautiful cards, but the first one is just outstanding!

Pam said...

WOW, you are very talented. Love the variety of ways you used your stamps and the colors choices too.

Karen said...

wow...your cards are stunning...love the blue one and now I need to get that stamp!

naneruth said...

Wow some beautiful cards! Love the colors used and that vellum flower is great!

Debra said...

Your cards are really beautiful! Glad you swept those crackers off the table! Thanks for sharing.

v said...

Wow! What an exciting start on this blog hop journey!!! Loved all the layers on the first card. Beautifully done! That vellum flower on the second card was *WOW*!!! No words!! Also, I thought the flowered wreath card was simply adorable! Great job!!! ~Vanessa W

Skraperella said...

Hippity Hop and here I stop!
Gorgeous cards Cathy

rcwidow (Linda) said...

love the clear card!

Eve said...

wow, what a beautiful coloring on that BLUE flower card, with beautiful layering!! Thank you for the tip on coloring on Accetate. I luv the effect! :-)

Aimee said...

Gorgeous cards! I love the blue flower one the best!

Elaine said...

These designs gorgeous!

Laura Church said...

Gorgeous! I just bought the large flower and this is great inspiration!

Irene said...

Stunning! I love all of the techniques that you used to display these great new stamps. Thanks for sharing your talents!

Jnett's Place said...

Wow, don't know if my eyes can take it all in. Card #2 is my favorite, but I love what you did in #1 as well. Well done!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Oh, these are gorgeous! I especially LOVE the BLUE one - my favorite color.

JoanL said...

Fantastic cards!! What a wonderful way to begin the hop!

Sharon said...

STUNNING cards, Cathy!!! I adore what you've done with that large blossom cling, especially your blue flower card - it's absolutely gorgeous!! What a truly spectacular kick-off for the blog hop!!!

Traveling Trader said...

How beautiful, both cards. I love them both.

Suzan said...

What TALENT ... beautiful cards and I love the stamping on acrylic!!! Thanks ... Suzan

Jennifer said...

Amazing Cathy! You have used these stamps beautifully...I think I need that flower background! And your flower wreath...love both the frontside and backside...reminds me of a piece of embroidery done right - beautiful on both sides. Thank you for these gorgeous cards!
(Jenifer Ann)

gberry14 said...

Absolutely beautifuland amazing cards-love this large flower pattern stamp. Such elegant stamping!-L. Berry

Isha said...

Wow!!! Its Gorgeous. TFS and inspiring all those lovely cards.

agirlinwinter said...

I'm new to card making and your post has provided me with loads of inspiration! Lovely cards.

Scrap Happy Mommy said...

Beautiful cards!

Sue D said...

Beautiful cards! I really like the flower you created on the second card.

Ruby Craft said...

Love the different techniques and colors. The cards are beautiful and thanks for the tip for the medium and showing the back of the acetate card.

Kathy said...

Oh goodness where to begin? Those cards are stunning-my favorite is the green one with that sweet vellum flower!

yamamama said...

Looks like fun! Thanks for the chance to play!

Laurel said...

Wow, all of your cards are amazing..... All the different techniques and looks. Lots of inspiration here! Love it.

DebStampsLife said...

So many wonderful ideas Cathy! Can't wait to try making lily embellishments myself! Beautiful work!

Ger said...

Absolutely gorgeous - the second card is my fave, love the glitter on the vellum flower.

Ger x.

Sugar Land Scrapper said...

Love the black and blue and the clear is very neat

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joy said...

Love, love, love that large flower background and also, the vellum flower you created! Just gorgeous cards, Cathy!

Louise said...

Absolutely amazing, love the layers on the first card

Marilyn said...

I love the flowers and the colors are brilliant. Great beginning.

Virginia L. said...

YOU Rock, sista! Amazing details and instructions. I'm in total AWE!!! Thank you for the inspiration (bowing to you)!!

Tracy said...

What a gorgeous selection of cards!

Kelly Rasmussen said...

gorgeous cards!

Scrapycandy said...

So lovely and inspiring..I would love to try out these ideas!

Hill Top Creations said...

Love the stamps and the cards Great Work Take Care

Hella said...

Beautiful start of bloghopping! like those cards a lot!

Anette H said...

oh wow Cathy!!! What can I say? These cards are ALL beauties, so, so gorgeous!!!

SherylH said...

Beautiful!! I love what you have done with the large blossom background.

David & Sarah said...

Great cards - I love the colors you used - especially the blue - stunning! TFS!

Sarah said...

So, so lovely! The coloring on the first card is beautiful. And I love the acrylic paint on acetate idea in the last. Thanks so much for sharing with everyone!

Maya said...

Wow, that vellum flower is amazing! All cards are beautiful!

Renée Storch said...

Beautiful cards!! The large flower stamp is really neat. I have a good idea for this stamp and must have it now.

VicR said...

Oooh, Lovely blue blossoms with the white highlights.
So pretty! Nice coordinating background too.

Pam W Merwin said...

Oh my goodness! I love the new Large Flower Background. I have had it on my list and can't wait to purchase. Your colors are the first one are exquisite! And ---- I love the vellum flower on the second. Thanks for the inspirations

gaijinjoy said...

Simply STUNNING, Cathy. Each card is a masterpeice. Inspirational!

Julie M said...

Fab cards, Cathy - I love the way you layer elements.

Julie

Vickie said...

Each card is fabulous, and each so different. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

Ujjwal said...

love the variety of cards you have for display Cathy!! What a great start to the hop!! I am so gonna enjoy this :)

Maureen Morton said...

These are just glorious, Cathy! Love the dimension and the vellum flower really rocks. What a great start!

Sue Lelli said...

So much LOVLINESS in one post! LOVE the vellum flower! FABULOUS! LOVE the acetate card with the flowers! Those Hero Arts stamps are BEAUTIFUL!

Kathy Eddy said...

Beautiful cards. I especially love that velum flower.

donna mikasa said...

Hi Cathy! Absolutely gorgeous cards, as I knew they would be! Love each and every one of them!

Beverley said...

WOW! Your cards are amazing! The colouring & layering on the first card really caught my eye. I adore the second card, the stamps & colour combo I must try!

ivy said...

beautiful cathy! i love that you gave the flowers such depth & dimension!!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Wow Cathy, these cards are incredible! Love the paint on the acetate! Gorgeous!!

Gosia said...

Beautiful cards. The blue one is my favourite. Thanks for inspiration.

Marilyn said...

Wow...gorgeous and beautiful cards. Can't wait to go through your blog.

marking said...

wonderful cards. My favorite is the one with blue flowers. Great coloring too.

Pegg S said...

I love the different techniques you showed esp the acrylic paint. I appreciate the tip - I have a few bottles and hadn't thought of painting on acrylic!

Barbara said...

After seeing your cards, I know I have to have the large flower background! Your cards were all beautiful!!!

Nancy said...

Your cards are beautiful using the new Large Blossom stamp, Cathy! I love the vibrant colors too!

Mary said...

I love the cards and can't decide which I like best. I can hardly wait to try stamping on acetate and then painting with acrylic paints. Thanks for the idea.

Brenda said...

Wow Cathy! What an awesome start to this hop! I totally love your layering of the blue flowers in the first card! Then I was gobsmacked by the Vellum flower in the second and then that beautiful wreath on the acetate, stunning colours! Love it all!

GirlGeek said...

Simply Stunning. Thanks for sharing :)

Linda said...

What stunning cards! Thanks for sharing these beautiful techniques.

Karin said...

Your cards are beautiful, especially the blue one. And your vellum flower is also gorgeous. Karin

ganseygirl said...

Just so inspiring. Love the negative/positive use of the flower stamp on the 1st card. Such a clever use of stamp to make a 3D flower embellishment. I may now be tempted to make an acetate card having seen your inspiring flower wreath card. Having bought the Lg. Blossom Stamp as a Chrissy present to myself, am now itching to try these ideas. Thank you, Cathy, for sharing & inspiring.

Clare said...

Wow! These are all just stunning cards, Cathy! I am especially lovin' your wreath card!

Fleur said...

lovely cards Cathy, amazing what you did with the large flower, i just have to get one, the vellum flower was stunning, and i loved the little flowers card you did, lots of inspiration for me

Wendy ten Hove said...

These cards are gorgeous!!! Love the techniques that you used, my favorite is the last one, perfect how you added the color on the back of the transparant sheet! Looks just perfect on the front, really the style that I like!

Hugs, Wendy

GrammySue's Creations said...

Wow Cathy, these cards are gorgeous, I especially love the wreath stamped on the acetate. Great job.

Dwita said...

Wow.. so lovely... Love all the flowers..

imapaperlover said...

oh gu'rl! These are some yummy cards. My favorite is the lime green Thank you card. You have a very nice blog so I'll be stalking! LOL

Anne P said...

I LOVE the dimension in your cards!!! WOW - all of your cards are amazing. Love this hop!

Nancy L. said...

those cards are amazing!! love the flower from the vellum!

Froggietalks said...

I love the cards Cathy. I wish I knew how to colour like that. :)

charli said...

this stamp is amazing in your hands! love the coloring of the blue card!

Stamp In Style (Suze) said...

Love love the Blossom Cling Stamp and the two Cards you've created with it ... I totally overlooked this one in the Cat but now I've seen what you've done with it it's definately on my wish list.

Hugs
Suze x

Lynn said...

Beautiful! I just love that large flower stamp and will be getting it soon.

pcm said...

beautiful cards!

natashakara said...

Oh, WOW! I LOVE your vellum flower! Stunning cards:)

Mary Pat Siehl said...

your work is awesome

kleinesTeufelchen said...

these are so lovely! great work

Anne said...

Wow- wow- wow! I just love the cards you made with the large flower pattern stamp- amazing details and dimension you created! What a great way to start off the HA hop :)

Maylee said...

Gorgeous! Love that flower background!

Cindy said...

Wow! All the cards are superb especially the first one!

DominoDebi said...

Cathy, you have started the ball rolling in a fantastic way!!! Love what you did here and am now wanting to go play with vellum!

Janice said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, I particularly love the clear acrylic thank you cad

Jess said...

Thanks so much for your gorgeous inspiration.

Marie / Legojenta said...

Oh, great cards! Love the green one =) TFS!

irockpaperandscissors said...

Oh, wow. Just, wow! I love that layered flower technique, and the vellum flower! tfs!

Tinne said...

What an absolute great job on the copic-coloring!!! Wauw!

margaretart said...

Cathy, what beautiful cards! I loved each one, and they are full of creativity, inspiration, fabulous techniques and color!! You have done a magnificent job!

Holly said...

whoa! I LOVE the blue flowers and the green vellum flower!
Loved reading the rest of your blog too.
Very inspirational!~
Holly

diana said...

Beautiful cards and a NEW blog to follow!! Thanks for the chance to win some stamps from my favourite stamp company!

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous work, Cathy! You showcased these stamps beautifully!!

BunnyFreak said...

Great projects. Love the dimension.

Libby Hickson said...

Cathy these are WONDERFUL!! What a fantastic way to start the hop, wowza!

klasickewpie said...

Love the new stamps, and your creations really highlight them beautifully!

CinnamonSally said...

Oh my Cathy all these cards are stunning, what are all you ladies doing to me, My Poor Bank Balance!!!!

Becs Attwood said...

Wow - beautiful cards - I especially love the first one - the blues are so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Uncle Cornelius said...

Beautiful work! The amount of detail and time cutting out those petals in your first card...I can't even know! I loved the simplicity of your green card with the large background stamp. I love how gorgeous it is. Thanks for sharing! Regards, Christina Shinn

AnitaRex said...

WOW GORGEOUS! Love such different cards you created with the same stamp! Way to wow us!

Laurie said...

Your creations are gorgeous!! Those flowers are just stunning!

OmWPkLEPyO11oH6CwyOqaAtGXMTHdZfPJA-- said...

Beautiful cards, my favorite is the first one!

Sandy said...

My goodness, what beautiful cards. Especially the vellum flower. Thank you for sharing all of your techniques with us, I can't wait to try them.

Allison said...

Beautiful cards!

Dotty Jo said...

Mmmmmmm, these are lovely - and just the two stamps that i already have on my wish list!!!! Gorgeous work Cathy, Jo x

Jenny said...

GORGEOUS Cathy!! LOVE THIS!!! Great creations!! WTG!!

Diane said...

Fab cards !! What a way to start a blog hop !!

scrapaholic said...

I am very impressed with the acetate card! Such intricate details.... And the stamped vellum flower is aawesome- never would have thought of that.

papersunshine said...

Wow, what gorgeous cards! Great ideas :)

VikkiCH said...

color and creativity sums up your cards! love them - good ideas!!

Sheryl said...

These are so neat! I"m ready to go to the studio and start creating and ordering the new stamps!!

Lisa Carroll said...

Cathy, your cards are nothing short of STUNNING! The layering of petals you did with that large blossom stamp is genius! I love the paint on the back of the acetate technique, too. Really makes the flowers stand out! And your glittered vellum flower is so delicate looking... just beautiful. :) The hop couldn't have kicked off any better! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent!

Debbie S. said...

All three are great. Love the Large blue flower the best.

Clare *Littlebear* said...

These cards are gorgeous! The first one jumps of the page - those flowers look like they are real.
Clare x

sheila said...

wow! these are incredible! absolutely love what you did with these stamps.

Patrice said...

The blues in that first card are stunning! Well done!

Anna said...

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! The flowers look so real and the colors are scrumptious. Great creations!

Anna

Shannon said...

I love these. They are beautiful.

Betty said...

gorgeous cards and coloring - especially like the green card!

{VICKI} said...

Great cards

Krissy said...

love the green thank you card! so beautiful!

Jeanne said...

OMG, your cards are gorgeous! I love love love the blue flowers. It is now definitely on my need to buy list.

Tiffany said...

Very stunning designs Cathy! The colors are all so bold and powerful, perfect!

Deborah Mahnken said...

WOW that vellum flower is gorgeous!

Diana said...

You've made some stunning cards! Amazing copic-colouring on the blue card. Thanks for sharing

Hannah. F said...

these cards are Gorgeous Cathy! I Love them!

Karen said...

I love your cards Cathy. Thanks especially for the tips on the acetate card. Each one has a little creative piece to it like the layered flowers on the blue flower card, the vellum flower and the painting and coloring on the acetate card. Nice work!

funkycrafter said...

what great colors and designs. inspiration plus.

Louise said...

Cathy, you are very talented yourself! These cards are gorgeous! Love your green vellum flower!

Katie {choc0holic} said...

These are stunning! I love the look of the acetate card especially!

Peggy said...

Wow! You have a way with flowers. Wonderful!
God bless,
Peggy Allen

Shirley said...

What gorgeous cards!. Thanks for the view on working with the vellum.

Daria Z. said...

Cathy, these are AMAZING! What a wonderful way to start off the blog hop. You make me want those stamps!!!

Yvette K said...

Wow Cathy, these are all fantastic cards!

Beverly said...

It amazes me to see the different media people use in creating cards! I love your beautiful cards! I love working with a new set of stamps! :)

Cathy said...

Thanks so much for the great tips on how you created your cards. Can't wait to try some of these techniques.

SAQ said...

Beautiful cards! They makes me dream of sunny springtime!

smahrty said...

Beautiful cards and great techniques! I especially like the lime green/white and black card.

Kathy said...

Oh my my sista these are simply AMAZING!!!!!!!!! EAch one is a true work of art...wowowowowoowow
Congrats for starting the hop with a big bang. Hugs ,kathuy

Nicky Hsu said...

Cathy, they are just amazing cards. Love how you share the details and technique. I will have to try to paint on acetate with acrylic paints. It's so beautiful.

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