Thursday, January 17, 2013

{Hero Arts} 2013 Catalog Blog Hop with the Hero Hostesses


Welcome to Day 4 of the 2013 Catalog Blog Hop with the Hero Hostesses! I hope you've been enjoying the hop so far this week. I've been amazed by the level of creativity my hostess sisters have displayed so far. We are all featuring fabulous stamps from the new 2013 release! If you didn't arrive from the Hero Arts Club Blog, please start there so you don't miss a thing.

Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments. For a chance to win, simply leave a comment on any of the stops along the way on any day, including each day's starting post at the Hero Arts Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!

If you find a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Arts Club Blog. Also, please report broken links to: blog@heroarts.com.


I've made two cards to share using five different stamp sets. All supplies are listed below for your reference and/or shopping pleasure. ;) This first card features the marvelous Tweed Pattern stamped on a kraft base and a large stunning stamp called Tall Flowers which I watercolored using distress markers on Hero Arts watercolor paper. I picked the smallest sentiment from Thanks A Bunch and nestled it in the space above the flowers.


Those of you who know me will smile when you see this next card. If Hero Arts makes a bike stamp, I must have it! This Bike With Basket was way too cute to pass up and what I love most about it is that it's big enough to decorate with flowers, flags, etc. On the bike itself, I used distress markers and a watercolor brush in soft earth tones.


I created a cobblestone path using the solid hexagon from Hexagons. I used the rock 'n' roll technique with Soft Brown and Wet Cement shadow inks. The cobblestone path, bike and flowers are all adhered to the card with foam tape. The sentiment is again from Thanks A Bunch which is my new go-to stamp set for thank you cards. This set provides so many wonderful ways to say thank you in a vast variety of fonts and sizes. It's simply perfect.


Thank you so much for stopping by today! Your next stop on the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop is the amazingly talented Suzanne Czosek!

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Barb said...

Love the tall flower stamp. You did a beautiful job with it. thanks for sharing.

Kelly Booth said...

LOOOOOOOOVE your Cards Emily and the Way you colored the Flowers is just Awesome!!!! xoxo

Barb said...

I love the beautiful watercoloring on your Tall Flowers, Em! And that second card is so fun! Brilliant idea to create a cobblestone path! :)

Buffy Esser said...

beautiful cards!

Daša said...

Emily I love both cards. Beautiful as always :)

Iris said...

Gorgeous projects!

cm said...

A wonderful card duo - especially the bicycle. Wish I had a 'real' cruiser like that, to ride around our charming mountain town. Your showcase of the HA products is inspiring - off to add to my 'want' list...Thank you for sharing.

Maureen Morton said...

Your coloring is amazing - I can feel those cobblestones on my toes! And the tall flowers - oh, my! Loving it all. Thanks so much for sharing.

judkajudi said...

Emily, the tall flowers are colored so perfectly and showcased so beautifully!! It's on my list of wants now!! And I love your bicycle on the cobblestones!! Your work is always inspirational!! So glad to share the hop with you.

Jayne said...

Nice cards. I just might have to get that tall flowers stamp since I saw your post. The bicycle card is so clever.

Cedar of Lebanon said...

oh wow, these two cards are amazing! Love the way you put different stamps altogether!!

Lin said...

Love, love, LOVE what you did with the Tall Flowers! Adding the tweed behind them gives them an edgier look ! And your watercoloring on both card is wonderful, Emily! Beautiful work!

snappy scrappy said...

Beautiful...love them both...especially the bike! Lee-Ann :)

Janie said...

Very nice cards.

Diane said...

Love both cards, my favorite is the flower card. Thanks for sharing.

Jenn Biederman said...

Hi Emily! I LOVE your cards!!! The watercoloring on the flowers in your first card is superb! My wishlist became longer the minute I laid eyes on your bicycle card...so stinkin' cute! :) I have a smaller bike stamp from years ago, but now I will have to get this one...love the size of this one. The cobblestone made with the hexagon stamp is very creative...love it! Love hopping with you!

Ginahvv said...

I love the cobblestone path you created with the hexagon stamp - genius.

Frenette Family said...

Love the use of the distress markers to color the stamped images.

Barb Ghig said...

What a great way to mix and match so many stamp sets to create these awesome cards! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!

Cat Craig said...

Love those flowers, and the hexagon path, so smart!

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful cards! i love your row of flowers and the soft pretty colors you created. The hexagon cobblestone is brilliant with the sweet bicycle!

Jacqueline said...

OH, such beautiful cards Emily!! I love the beautiful flowers and the bicycle!

Kim M said...

Oh what wonderful cards! The colouring on your flowers is fantastic.

Karen B. said...

Lovin' the soft look in these Emily!

Unknown said...

You featured some lovely stamps today. I'm particularly impressed with the different looks people have created with the Tall Flowers and I like your use of the hexagons, to create your cooblestone--very inventive!

heidi @ ggip said...

Great idea with the cobblestones! Both cards are so pretty!

Renee M said...

Your cards are so pretty! Thanks for sharing your creative ideas using the new stamps :)

Pammejo said...

Love your cards, so pretty. I just love watercolor images. TFS pammejo1@yahoo.com

Marilyn said...

Love, love, love the tall flower and your colors are beautiful!

M. Middelkoop said...

Really lovely cards Emily! I love your watercolouring!

Grá O'Neill said...

Beautiful cards, I love the bike too :)

Beastybunny said...

Both cards are great! I love the tall flowers! So much fun!

Marit said...

Great watercoloring Emily, love your cards!

Anita Rex said...

Love it Emily! Such fun cards, I love that cobblestone path!

Lee said...

i love the water color flowers!

Buncobuddy said...

I love anything "bicycle." Thanks for sharing.

gscindy said...

what fun cards and great ideas!

Robin K. said...

Hi Emily! Love your water coloring of the Tall Flowers image!!! And I adore your bicycle card!! Your cobblestone path made from hexies is genius!!! Robin:)

Crystalena82 said...

These are both beautiful! I love the whimsy of the bike on the hexagon path. Very sweet. Thank you for sharing! Have a fantastic day!! :)

Jillisgram said...

Very cute cards. Love the new stamps! Val from IL.

Teresa W. said...

Two delightful cards! Love the watercolor on first one. The cobblestone path is so brilliant.

Brenda said...

You really know how to put stamps together Emily! I am in love with the Tall Flowers and that Tweed Background! You have potentially inspired me to spend money!

Chitra Nair said...

Love love love your cards.. They both are beautiful..

adele holcomb said...

Love both cards. I'm amazed at all the different ways I've seen to use that Tweed stamp and I love it as a mat -- it's a must have!

Shirley A. said...

Love your cards. They are just adorable.

Theresa said...

WOW!! Great cards Emily! I especially love the bicycle card with your cobblestone path and the way the flowers are "flying" out of the basket! So, so cute!

Dana D. said...

Love your cards. Especially the so creative bicycle one.

MiaS said...

Wonderful cards!

Karen said...

Love the coloring on the tall flowers and the very clever way you created a cobblestone path!

VikkiCH said...

your soft watercoloring the Tall Flowers image is exquisite. thanks for the give-away chance.

Efrat said...

Beautiful! your coloring is so great.

Cathy Homan said...

I really like the first card. The tweed in black really makes your flowers stand out. It is an unexpected pattern! Great idea.

angie blom said...

gorgeous cards.. loving your colouring with the tall flowers.. stunning as always. xx

judy said...

I LOVE the bicycle card; the hexagon path is brilliant!

Jingle said...

These are so super fabulous!!!

Terri (blindstamper) said...

Your cards are simply adorable!

diana said...

Sweet cards! Thanks for the ideas and inspiration. ;-)

Ruth G said...

Wonderful! I love how you used the Tweed on your card base and the water-colored flowers are so very lovely! TFS!

Pam W Merwin said...

Love the tweed background with the tall flowers and the watercolor effect is amazing! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Cindy C. said...

Charming! Love how you use those lovely stamps!

Barbara said...

Awesome cards. I love your use of the Tweed Background on the Kraft card stock and it's perfect behind you beautifully watercolored Tall Flowers. The bicycle card is so clever and beautifully colored as well. Great job!

Mildred Mildew said...

I just love the way you used the hexagon to create the cobblestone path. Thanks for the inspiration Emily!

Laura M. said...

lovely cards! so creative & fun! thanks for sharing :)

donna mikasa said...

Wonderful cards as always! LOVE your trademark bicycle stamp with the hexagon "ground"!

marking said...

Love the bike card!

Gloria Reynolds said...

I, too, LOVE bicycle images, and the manner in which you colored yours is inspiring. Thanks.

Bethany S. said...

Love the flowers with the loooong stems on the first card! hehe. And the colors are so pretty! And I love the hexagons on the 2nd card. And the flowers coming out of the bike's basket. Gorgeous and so creative! Have a great day Emily! :)

Maeghan Magante said...

Love how you colored the bike! TFS!

Bunnyfreak said...

Love the hexagon pattern for underneath the bike.

stamplover2011 said...

Wonderful cards, Emily! Love the tall flower and such a cute bike card!

Miriam Prantner said...

Such sweet cards Emily! I love that tweed background, and the flowers with the bicycle are so pretty!

Leni said...

Love both of your cards Emily! So Sweet! And they both have things I like most in life: flowers and my bike!

Harriet said...

Emily....I love your cards. I love the creative use of the hexagon. Thanks!!

Linda said...

Thanks for sharing your techniques for the lovely cards--the tweed background looks so nice.

walchowDesign said...

Beautiful coloring on the flowers, Emily! Love the bicycle card too with the cute basket - guess it's a must have stamp for anybody who lives in Holland!

Diana N. said...

Two terrific cards! Love that bicycle stamp! Colors look great!

Kathy Berger said...

Great cards. I especially loved your coloring of the flowers. Beautiful!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Ooooo....I love both of these, Emily! The watercoloring is gorgeous in the first card. The second card is AMAZING!! Love the coloring and the hex path and that great sentiment. I like that set, too.

Dixie Cochran said...

Terrific cards! I absolutely LOVE the bicycle card. What a great design! Smart!

Chark said...

These are so fun!

Unknown said...

love the cobblestone!

Sue McRae said...

You combined so many great stamps onto your fun cards Emily.

Dana said...

Lovely cards!! So bright and fresh!! Just like spring!!

Laura Norris said...

Great cards. I love the bike too, and the cobblestone path is so cute!

Nadège said...

The bike is so cute!
Still love a lot hexagons, they go with everything on any occasion.

Emily Keaton said...

Emily, these are fabulous cards! Those long stem flowers are gorgeous, and isn't that new bicycle fun? Great work here!

Janet Wilson said...

Pretty flower cards, & love the bicycle

Jocelyn said...

Wonderful cards as usual Emily ^_^

conil said...

The more I see these tall flowers, the more I like them and the bike is adorable. Decorating them with flowers on the "cobbled" street is genius.

Mary said...

Great cards. I especially like the bike card - sweet.

Mariëtte said...

Your cards are adorable. Love the watercoloring on the flowers!

Jill said...

lovely flowers and i'm a big bike stamp fan too--so I really enjoyed your card! :)

Pat said...

What a clever way to create the cobblestone path! So cute! Love the cards, too...

rubbergranny said...

Unique designs. I enjoyed seeing your creativity and I thank you for sharing.

margaretart said...

Loved your cards---the ideas, the coloring, the designs. Since I'm a "bike nut" myself, loved that one best.

Cyndee Scholet said...

I love the watercolor flowers! I thought the cobblestone path was very creative and the flowers in the bike basket wer so cute.

MarcyK924 said...

I always love your cards, Em, you inspire me to try new things, like I am LOVING that bicycle and have it on my wish list. I'm going to get it because it's so versatile! Love the hexies for the bike path - BRILLIANT! And those sweet tall flowers are perfectly colored! So proud of all you've accomplished!

Linda w said...

Now for sure the tall flower stamp is a must have for me. Your cards are gorgeous.

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canadian_liner said...

Fabulous flower coloring and oh-so-clever cobblestones. Love that idea. And thanks for the introduction to that tweed background stamp--seriously graphic!

sarah said...

I love the little sentiments! Also, the bike and path...I'm also a sucker for bike stamps ;)

Karina Beck said...

Gorgeous cards.Love the flower coloring.

Kailash said...

Oh Emily both your cards are so beautiful, love the bicycle with the cute basket of flowers!!!

Jamie said...

Beautiful cards!

butterfly said...

Just love those beautiful flowers, and I'm really curious to try the Shadow Inks - great inspiration, thank you!
Alison x

TweedyBird said...

Beautiful cards.
Fun usage of the background stamps.
Thanks for sharing

RaeChel said...

Both cards are super cute! Great use of the geometric patterns with softer images. Very nice!

stampingandstitching said...

Oh what beautiful and adorable cards, Emily! I love the texture and your wonderful colouring on the first card! Your second card is so sweet, again wonderful colouring and design! Love seeing what you created with your new stamps!

Laura Jane said...

BEAUTIFUL cards! LOVE how you used the hexagon to create your cobblestone path!

Annette Vesth said...

Beautiful soft colours for the tall flowers. Wonderful cards.

Carol said...

Terrific rock 'n' roll technique on the hexagons - your stamping is so precise! I'm really loving the tall flowers stamp. Some terrific creative ideas using it.

RedGem said...

I just love the flower card and stamping the tweed pattern on kraft paper is a great idea. Tks for the inspiration!

Deeps said...

The bicycle card is adorable. Love the soft colors on your cards.

Darlene S. said...

Lovely cards...I need that bicycle stamp!

Carol Gibson said...

Lovely cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

Mateja Povše said...

Both look amazing. Great job! :)

Jeanne Dudgeon said...

Your floral card is my favorite. It is scrumptious!!

Marlena M. said...

That cobblestone path is gorgeous~a true work of art!

Robin said...

Beautiful cards, love the coloring on the Tall Flowers!!

CinnamonSally said...

Gorgeous cards Emily, I love your bicycle card just fabulous!

annms said...

Neat idea to use the background stamp to resemble pavement. Way to go. Great cards.

Andrea Garland said...

That bicycle is so cute, love the flowers in the basket.

Troy Louise Seegmiller said...

Great cards - I love your bike, wish it was warm enough to take it for a spin. Your coloring on both is so nice. Thanks.

Jessi Fogan said...

These are both stunning, Emily! Love the watercoloured flowers - such a striking layout :) And the bike? Yes, please!

Martina N said...

Beautiful cards! Love the bicycle.

bartokmd said...

I love the bicycle and its' adornements! The hexagon stamp as cobblestones is brilliant!

Pippa67 said...

These cards are real beauties. Love them.

Maryann said...

WAUW these cards are so awesome. I just love that bike and the new colors are so cool.

cmu said...

Love what you have done with the flowers.

Agata said...

Gorgeous cards! Love the cobblestones!

Carla said...

Fun cards, really like the bicycle.Carla from Utah

Denise Bryant said...

Great colors on the floral card and I love the spring look on the bike card!
DeniseB

Nancy K said...

Beautiful cards, Emily! I love the bike; the cobblestones and flowers add such wonderful charm. Thanks for the fabulous inspiration!

Larissa Heskett said...

AMAZING Creations!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Nikki the *scrappinNavyWife* said...

Fantastic cards! They are both just lovely!

Mary-Anne V said...

very pretty cards...love how the flowers have such long stems.

paperscissorsink said...

I love the tall flower card, the bike is super cute too...I want them both!

Jacqui Blondel said...

The tall flowers stamp gets more appealing every time I see it. The water colouring looks fabulous. Beautiful colours too. I too love bicycles. Love your cobbled path, must learn that technique

judit said...

Hi, love your cards, very creative, fantastic! hugs, judit x

Daria said...

Such lovely cards! I'm always partial to the old bike inmages, and I love the way you water-colored your flowers.

Big Mamma~ a.k.a. Mary S said...

great cards. I love the bicycle. So cute.

Suzanne said...

Beautiful, fresh and so funky, Emily! Love them both!

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Love both cards, your colorful flowers and the cute bike! TFS

Isha Gupta said...

What can I say. Hmmmm!!! You ROCKED the new stamps Emily! Love the tall flower sooooo much and the bike n hexagon. Perfect cards.

Debbie said...

your stamping and coloring is beautiful thanks for sharing
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Robin said...

I love how your tall flowers almost look like they are plaid! So pretty!

maria mcclure said...

FABULOUS cards, Emily!! I loooove the Tweed pattern in black on kraft and the flowers are great. The bicycle is so sweet on its cleverly awesome hexagon path, but the sweet scattered flowers seal the deal!

April said...

Such pretty cards! I love the flowers and the bike card is wonderful!

Pam said...

Great cards! TFS

Shelley said...

Great job!

Memories by Manda said...

I love how you used the solid hexagon to create a cobbled pathway.

Kathy Kay said...

I really am amazed at how much difference the backgrounds make! Your's look wonderful and really complete the card.

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Love all the cards, especially how you made the cobblestones!

Marilyn C. said...

Cool bike card - very clever.

Angel Estes said...

Especially love how you used the tall flowers stamp and tweed. Beautiful!

Unknown said...

the cobblestone is a nice texture- and I love your coloring of the tall flowers
thanks
Holly

Iris said...

Terrific cards. Love the tall flowers and the bicycle stamps. Iris

Ruth H said...

Emily,
Your coloring on the tall flowers is awesome!! The bike card is just too cute. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sharon D from Canada said...

Your flowers are fab and I love the little pop from the tweed bg too! And your bike card is so cute - I love the basket of flowers and your clever path! Beautiful cards, Emily!!!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Wow, Em - just love your cards today! You colored the Tall Flowers soooo beautifully and that hexagon path looks great for your fab bike! So fun sharing the Hop with you this week!

cheiron said...

Gorgeous flower card Emily! I love it against that tweed background. And that bike...it just makes me smile!

joy said...

Hi, Emily! You always have another trick or two up your sleeve and these cards prove just that! That small border of the tweed pattern framing your gorgeously colored tall flowers is the first trick. But, you are probably the only one I know who would think of using the hexagons for cobblestones! It's amazing how your mind works!!!! Thanks for sharing your enormous talent with us!

karenelr said...

Your cards are fabulous--as always! You ought to use several of your bike stamps on one Layout or card--it could be fun!

Karen said...

Both of your cards are sweet.
Karen L 1020 at gmail dot com

Sarina Coffin said...

I love the tall flowers stamp, looks amazing with all the colors you could use. I am also a fan of the bike stamp, that is so cute!! Great work :)

Sue D said...

Great cards--I like the cobblestone path for the bike.

McStamper said...

Great cards - Love that bike.

Winnie said...

Such lovely cards Emily. The way the flowers pop from the white card is so sharp. The bicycle is darling.

Nancy said...

Hello Emily!

I LOVE your cards! So creative and graphic too. As usual, simple and elegant! Two beautiful designs!

Deborah said...

Your bike card is so clever! Love the flowers blowing away and the cobblestone road.

Maye M.L said...

Emily: Thanks for sharing your beautiful, elegant and warm cards. I understand how you feel about bikes because this is how I feel about owls. Best wishes.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

SO pretty! I love the flowers being so tall and the shading on them is outstanding! I love the hexagons that the bike is riding on too! Thanks!
Lisa

SherylH said...

Two lovely cards -- beautiful colouring on the flowers and I really admire your ability to stamp the "cobblestones" so perfectly!

joybear said...

Both cards are adorable, love that bicycle stamp!!!

Rachel K said...

Your cards are just beautiful! I love that bike with the cobblestone path...just perfect. :)

Fiorella said...

Both your cards are fabulous!

Karenladd said...

Your cards are so fun...really making me think about spring!

Becs Attwood said...

Beautiful cards - love that basket full of flowers! Thanks for sharing.

Katie said...

Great cards. Thanks for sharing.

Trudi said...

Beautiful cards Emily! I am lovin' that tweed background stamp-thanks for sharing!

SmilynStef said...

Love that fun hexagon path ... great card designs.

Marty said...

Oh, that tweed background stamp is calling my name!Great cards.

pcm said...

that cobblestone path is brilliant!

Trinh said...

Beautiful coloring on the flowers and I absolutely love that cobblestone path you created! Thanks for the inspiration, Emily!

Carol Perry said...

Love the samples today. Just love those long stemmed flowers. On my wish list with the rest of them.

Glenda J said...

Emily - these are both amazing! Great colouring on the first one and I love how clever the second one is. The hexagons are perfect!

Smriti said...

Lovely cards! Love the cobblestone path!

Katie Ann Brooks said...

Both cards are just perfect Emily!

Melissa D said...

Lovely cards. Smart thinking for the cobblestone path.

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

So pretty! I love the bike card!

Christy Q @ SchnauzerCrafts Creations said...

Gorgeous!! I love the details you added with the tweed background and that cobblestone path - Genius!!

fun stamping said...

Such an amazingly beautiful card, Love those flowers on top!

craftymom205 said...

Great cards.

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Marita said...

Love the Tall Flowers card. You did such a great job of coloring the flowers with all the highlights in them.

Sandra said...

lovely! Love the flowers very pretty - very clever using the hexagons as cobblestone!
Sandra ltb

Tracey McNeely said...

Both cards are really pretty.

SUSAN said...

what pretty cards... love it all

Mrs_Mac said...

Love the flower card, so beautiful.

Arlene said...

The Thank you flower card is marvelous - simple and bold.

I love bicycles too! I see you are so right about decorating that bike. :) Clever use of that hexagon stamp too. I never would have thought of it.

Donna Nuce said...

The card with the bicycle is so cute!

ivy said...

lovely cards emily!

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