Aug 22, 2016

Hero Arts 2016 Winter Catalog Blog Hop



Can you handle some winter inspiration? Hey, it's 124 days until Christmas! 3 months until the blazing hot sun and humidity that is the curse of my days turns to snow and ice that is the curse of my days.... have to love the seasons!

Lots of very talented designers, and one average joe, are sharing projects today made with products from the new Hero Arts Winter Catalog. Hero Arts will be giving away three $25 gift certificates selected from comments made on the blog hop (more on the hop below).

I'm sharing two cards -- one featuring the new Hero Arts Origami Happy Holidays stamp set and one featuring the coordinating dies, Origami Holiday Frame Cuts.  They are also available as a bundle. Chose to work with these products because they are fun and versatile. The card below could easily be a birthday card by changing the sentiment. Love that. Expect to see more projects on this blog with these items.

For the first card, I stamped the crystal (or ornament) repeatedly on watercolor paper, painted them with Tombow markers and water, and cut out each crystal. Didn't use the die because I did not want the frame around each image. Added Wink of Sella glitter. Adhered the layer to a Hero Arts Floral Mix Folded Card. (The inside of these cards are white and, therefore, look so professional.) Thought about adding sequins but decided that the chances of ruining this were close to 100%!


See?  Super cute images.

Here's a close up, with 4 of the crystals popped up.


For the next card, I imagined some airy, pretty thing. Not sure I got the look I was going for, but I still like it.

Used the reindeer die to make a shiny green foil deer because stampers can make shiny green deer, or polka dot deer, or anything we want, right?


Hard to capture green foil.



Love polka dots! Used Essentials by Ellen Bokeh Dots to make the background, but the back of any round stamps will also work.

Hero Arts is giving away three $25 gift certificates, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop.  For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59PT on 8/28/16. The winner's name will be randomly selected by Hero Arts and posted on the Hero Arts blog. Good luck!

So, who else is in this big stamparella? Some major talent, that's who!

The Hero Arts Blog 
Jennifer McGuire
Kathy Racoosin
Wanda Guess
Lydia Fiedler
Alice Wertz
Amy Tan
Cheiron Brandon
Debbie Olson
Laura Bassen
Debby Hughes
Heather Ruwe
Ilina Crouse
Isha Gupta
Jenn Shurkus
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Joan Bardee
Karin Akesdotter
Yana Smakula
Kelly Rasmussen
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Mariana Grigsby
May Sukyong Park
Libby Hickson

 There is some serious eye candy in this hop.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Love these products!

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Tammy said...

I love the non-traditional colors you've used!

Mary Kay Ross said...

Love the cards, love the cards! Enjoying so looking at all of the creative works!!!

Joni said...

Nice cards. The color choices are stunning.

~amy~ said...

Joan! Your cards are wonderful...you're sooooo clever! That first one...super creative. Your second card?! Oh my, how CUTE!!!!!!!!!!

diana said...

Great cards and colors! :)

JMcKnite said...

Cute cards. Love the purple.

Robin said...

You have an inspirational talent. Thanks for sharing!

Shirley said...

Great cards. Love the design of your first card...need to look at my stamps a different way, thank you for the inspiration.

Vicki said...

There are so many great products in this catalog. I'm enjoying the hop and the many projects from everyone. Love how you used one element from one stamp set to make a fabulous card. Thanks!

Debbie Rumpza said...

Love how you showcased that crystal origami stamp... I would never have envisioned using it the way you did... beautiful!

Chris Handy said...

Love your colors and layout on the crystal card

Joan V said...

Wonderful cards. I love that crystal. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Love that first ne, colors and idea is so unique

craftjunkiesc said...

The first card is stunning. Clean, simple and so elegant. I just adore the second card. The non-traditional colors are just fun.

pcm said...

i love the non-traditional colors!

Becky said...

Love the cards. Great non-traditional colors.

Linda S. said...

I love purple and the stain glass snowflake is beautiful.

jen said...

You've really showed a great use for the crystal- and I LOVE the foil deer! Perfect with pink polkas!! I've only recently discovered your fabulous creativity so will miss your wonderful posts! Good luck with the cleaning 😜

Teresa Doyle said...

Fantastic cards Joan. Love your colour choices!

Barb said...

Love the origami Christmas symbols. The colors you used were beautiful! Great release!

paperpicnic said...

I always love your super creative and modern designs, Joan! These are both so beautiful and whimsical! I absolutely love them both!

Crafty Little Peach said...

Just too cute! These are so fun! Thanks for sharing!

Kelly Massman said...

super, super cute!

Sue D said...

Beautiful colors and design on the first one and cute idea to make a shiny reindeer.

eeknehans said...

Thanks for sharing your nontraditional take on these cards. Cool sets!

Gwen said...

Cute cards! Love the way you've used these stamps in such intriguing ways!

Barbara said...

It is great to see your fresh take on these holiday cards.

Lauri Bacalzo said...

I love the origami stamps!
Thanks for sharing your talents :)

Deb Selby said...

Good use of the origami stamp to create something so unique.

Unknown said...

Great cards. Really like the origami star design & colors. Thank you for sharing your ideas and being part of the new winter release blog hop giveaway.

barbara macaskill said...

I wasn't very fond of the origami images until I saw your card! All of a sudden a bright light appeared and I was wowed! LOVE how you did the star from the gems and the colors ROCK!!!! Absolutely breathtaking! TFS!

greggers said...

How creative, I love how you used the origami stamps to create a beautiful snowflake! TFS

Leslie Miller said...

Beautiful blending of the Tombows on your first card, and the second is so cute and fun. Both are your signature simplicity with tons of style.

Brenda in IN said...

Love, love, love that crystal in aqua and purple. So clever and it really catches the eye. I her green reindeer are "in" this year so this is perfect!

Brenda in IN said...

That should be I hear green reindeer.

Bunny said...

My gosh, the crystals are fabulous. I love the colors.

Willnnabel said...

Nice cards, great release.

Unknown said...

Love how your cards turned out with the new products!

Kathy Thisted said...

fun cards! so well done! thanks

Unknown said...

Cute cards, love the little reindeer. Thanks for sharing.

Joanne said...

Love the pinks and purples! Really pretty, Joan.

Debbie said...

I love the colors and the cute deer.

Debbie said...

Love all the cards! I can't wait until the holidays!

Anonymous said...

Your crystals are amazing, that design would work for any time of year.

Peachitas said...

Such beautiful cards!

Peachitas said...

Such beautiful cards!

Momcat said...

What fun cards! Love the use of the colors.

TK said...

Awesome cards -- the first is so gorgeous with those colors, and your second is just so sweet and shiny!

Andrea Shell said...

What fun cards! I love how you used the origami set!

SSavidge said...

Love that purple color!

Unknown said...

You are a very entertaining blogger. Yes....our dear can be anything we want them to be! Just for that I give you A+!

Macimbalo said...

Such great cards and I love how you chose such unique colors for both of them! Very cool!

Cindi Hall said...

What a cool way to use the origami set! I love it!!!

Jimmie said...

Love the origami set....so unusual and your cards are beautiful.

Jayell said...

What a brilliant way to use the crystal stamp! Love the shiny green deer too.

Anonymous said...

So cute!!! I love the pink polka dots!!!

Judie said...

Wow the first card is really stunning! Gorgeous cards!

Teri Ann said...

What a beautiful way to use the crystals!

Linda said...

So cute and love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Linda M said...

Very clever and creative! Thanks!

GrammyP said...

I like the versatility of your designs--you could take away the reindeer and put something else there for whatever occasion. Thanks for sharing! (Peg)

Betty said...

what fun colors you used for your Christmas cards, Joan

Satori said...

Cute cards! Fresh colors.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Two very creative cards with that origami set! Especially love your colorful snowflake!!

Deeps said...

These origami stamps are wonderful..

Rose Mary Smalley said...

Outstanding color choice...the card turned out beautiful...this type of stamps set is not my style...but you did a great job making me rethink what could be done with them...thanks so much...hugs

Farmgirl said...

Love the idea of a prism and icicle rolled into one. The little deer would be perfect for a child's birthday card(one whose bd is in december). I'm full of ideas now!

Laura said...

Love the shiny green reindeer!!

Lindar C said...

I love your shiny green reindeer!!! :) Beautiful colors in your crystal origami card! Winter Release is fantastic!

mumbird3 said...

the crystal card is inspired! Love it!

Unknown said...

These are great! You are so creative!

Unknown said...

Love, love these cards especially the purple one! Tfs Joan

Lake Lady said...

PURPLE . . . what a great color for Christmas!

Unknown said...

So many wonderful ideas on how to use these new wonderful products. Thanks

Unknown said...

I love these colors! And the polka dots!

sheron said...

I like that green foil deer and your right,we stampers can create whatever world we want! LOL

conil said...

Love your non-traditional colors on both cards...plus the way you've used that prism on your first card.

choman9912@aol.com said...

Cute cards! Thanks for sharing.

Nana Griffin said...

Cute ideas.

Unknown said...

Lovely ideas....

Unknown said...

Love both of these - very hip! Thanks.

Elaine said...

Pretty colors....nice cards!

Christy Q said...

Amazing cards, Joan!! I love the faceted star you created - reminds me of Swarovski crystals. And your green foil reindeer is just the cutest thing ever!!

Carolee McCaslin said...

Love your fun cards!!!

Bunny Dobbie said...

Fabulous modern holiday cards! Your choice of non-traditional colours is so fun. The foil deer is great!

Marilyn M. said...

I really like your color choices on the first card; very nice.

Sue Smith said...

On my gosh !! Your 1st card is stunning. I love the colors and design. Polk a dots are always my favorite, and that is such a fun card to make. Great job.

Becca Yahrling said...

Cute cards & designs. Love how you made your own flower.

Russell Productions said...

Cool use of the stamps!!

Miriam Prantner said...

Love how you used that diamondey gem stamp to create a medallion! And yes, you are allowed to mail that reindeer whatever you want it to be!

Unknown said...

So original

Gretchen Wilson said...

Love, love the crystal card, so cleaver of you! The colors are beautiful!

Isabelle said...

Your crystal / star card is very clever, really great !

eliza said...

Cute cards! Cool way to use the "crystal" shape!

McStamper said...

What great unique cards. Love the purple.

sharon said...

Great crystals.

stampwithsandy said...

Super cool cards, so modern!

Debra Davison said...

Lovely cards... LOVE your use of non-traditional colors !1

Unknown said...

Great use of the origami stamp set....

HOLLEY DOWNS said...

You are so very creative! TFS!

craftymom205 said...

Great cards.

Abby said...

Great idea with the crystals!

Kathy J in Ellicott City said...

Great cards!

Janet D. said...

Great cards with fantastic color combos!

Sue said...

I will admit that the origami stamps did not capture my interest. But they are really growing on me. What wonderful cards!

Ashley Wells said...

The origami set looks fantastic! Looks like it'd be cute with some of my gem-inspired stamps from other brands!!

littlesavedgirl said...

Very unique take and style!

PA said...

Interesting and Unique way of using one image to create another stunning image and non-traditional colors! Great job. Well done!

Unknown said...

Love your crystal cards absolutely lovely, and that precious is an awwww. Thank you for sharing your talant with us.

Ann V said...

Love your cards.

Rema DeLeeuw said...

Awesome new products and projects!

Jewel said...

So FUN! 😃

Dawn Y. said...

Well done, Joan! I love your nontraditional spin on these cards. The pink Bokeh dots are wonderful! ♡

MelissaF said...

Beautiful cards, love the less traditional look!

Unknown said...

The colors on the crystals is beautiful. Like the dimentional layering.

Jan said...

Ah, green foil. Lovely and bright. Glad you did a card with the origami set.

Unknown said...

The origami card is so wonderful!

Cynthia Cole said...

Love your crystal card!

Unknown said...

Nice

Unknown said...

Love how you used the origami bauble in multiples to make a delightful card front.
Wow!

sophigabi said...

Love your modern ideas!!!

Ann K said...

Great cards ... love the new release.

Amy C. said...

Very cool, modern designs!

Marilyn said...

Cute modern designs.

liz said...

Such wonderful new protducts

Karen W said...

Cute products and I love what you did!

cindybearj said...

Cute, quirky, non-traditional fun!

Anna Tracy said...

Love your clever use of the origami gem!

Nandini said...

Beautiful cards! Especially love the first one. Very clever use of the pretty stamp!

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Beautiful cards!

D.Phillips said...

Love your idea using the origami stamp.

Laura said...

I love how you turned the crystal into a snowflake with the repeated stamping. Great job.

Marcia said...

Super creative you!! Love the colors and how you used the origami image to create the first card!! Just to reiterate. . .love those colors!!

Woendi Levitt said...

Beautiful cards. Love the dimension and repurpose of a stamp on your first card.

Cathy said...

Love the cards & also the idea of turning the kitchen into craft room! So funny - made my day!

QuilterLaura said...

wow, that origami crystal is amazing!

Marcie Lovett said...

Love that first card, Joan. Very clever use of the stamp!

Cindy C. said...

So cute and creative!!

{VICKI} said...

cute cards

Helen Gullett said...

WOW... Love your creativity creating that snowflake out of origami stamp. LOVE all your cards!
THANK YOU for the inspirations!

Eileen said...

Very clever, love your cards!

zgagi said...

Great, fun cards. Thanks for sharing.

Jan Elmore said...

Love the pink!

eemel said...

I love how clean your cards look!

Kajcyika said...

wow, this is so creative! Love it

Evelyn said...

Such pretty cards - the origami one is very creative on your part - just love the colors you've used!!

A Shaw said...

It is so clear in your creations that you are a bundle of fun.

SusanME said...

LOVE the jewel one you made - thanks so much for sharing!

Sarah T. said...

Such a fresh approach. Love the shiny green deer with the pink bubbles.

Beth H. said...

Way to think outside the box on these new stamp sets! Love the colors that you used on the first card too!

Susan King said...

Such non-traditional colors that would pop out of a mantle with traditional colors - I love it!

Tallie Clewley said...

Lovely unique cards. Love the green deer!

Leanne in Cali said...

Great cards! Thanks so much for sharing them on the blog hop.

Dana said...

Wow!! Great use of that stamp!! Love it!!

Unknown said...

Love how you used that stamp in the first card.

Janelle said...

You are an Original!! So creative...who would have thought of green foil deer! On polka dots, no less! Love it.

CathyL said...

Love the colors you used on the crystal!

Donna B. said...

Too cute!! Love your colors. TFS!!

turk1002 said...

Love your out of the box colors for the Christmas card. Thanks for the inspiration.

MArtha Berry said...

Unusual colors which you use beautifully!

Debbie B said...

Great colors great cardS! TFS!

Debbie B said...

Great colors great cardS! TFS!

Katie M said...

Interesting.........

joy said...

Very modern cards and I love the colors.

Freda said...

The green reindeer card is simple but so striking. And different!! Love it.

Unknown said...

Oh my, the origami looks like stain glass. Gorgeous! TFS!

Yvonne B. said...

That Origami set is so versatile! I love what you've done with that stamp! So wonderful!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Beautiful card and your little deer is so Cute!

SHartl said...

Wow, your cards are so colorful and creative. I love the origami set!

Purple Princess said...

so creative!!

Evelyn vasquez said...

Very cute!

Michele K. Henderson said...

These cards are adorable! I love that pop of GREEN! Cute!

Sue D said...

Beautiful cards... love your layout designs, color combos and great dimensional effects! TFS.

Izzy Scrap said...

I love the modern style you gave to your holidays cards ! So fresh and so new ! It is great to see how different kind of cards we can make with the same stamp set. Thanks so much for sharing and for the chance to win.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Fun projects. TFS

michemilie said...

Oohhhh! How fun are these cards! I love this set!

Unknown said...

Such wonderful cards! Thank you for sharing :)

Shelley E said...

The origami stamp set is fun. I like how you used them and I also loved your green foil deer. You are right...foil, polka dots...you can do whatever your heart desires!

Marta said...

So pretty!

Pamgail said...

Unique takes on Christmas! Thanks for sharing!

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the geometrics.
So unique and interesting.
the little deer is darling.
thanks for sharing.

Linda Anderson said...

Love the way you used the origami stamp set. Great cards.

Karen B. said...

Wow your first card blew me away with its' stunning beauty!

Lindsay S said...

Love the fun, non-traditional colors!

Laceysocks said...

What fun cards! Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl said...

Such pretty cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

Kim Faucher said...

Loving your unique color scheme and modern designs.

Daria Z. said...

Your first card is just stunning. The second one is just so fun!

Lindarub said...

Cute cards.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Very pretty! Love the blue and purple!

Brenda said...

Sweet cards. Love the pale pink polka dots!

Mitzi said...

I like the way you used the crystal. Very interesting and different colors on the second card.

Moosisk said...

Love your cards! The way you made the first card is amazing. Love the shimmer you added to it, too. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win. :D

Unknown said...

Great cards. thanks for sharing

Denise Bryant said...

So pretty! Love those crystals!

Pink Bunkadoo said...

I love how you stamped the crystals until you made a star shape. Your painting looks iridescent.

Becs Attwood said...

Such gorgeous cards. Love that foil reindeer. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Very nice cards. Thank you for sharing.

Debbie A. said...

Thanks, Joan, for sharing your striking cards with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway!

Cris G. said...

Wow! They are both so beautiful and unusual. The repeated stamping and colors in the first card are awesome!

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