Wednesday, February 18, 2015

{Hero Arts} 2015 Spring Catalog Blog Hop with the Hero Hostesses


Welcome to Day 2 of the 2015 Spring Catalog Blog Hop with the Hero Hostesses! You should've arrived here from today's Hero Arts Blog post with complete details of this week's hop, including prize information. I'm so excited to be joining my very talented hostess sisters this week to showcase some of the amazing new products now available in the Hero Arts Store!


I combined three brand new stamp (and die) sets from the 2015 Spring Catalog on this card. I thought the cacti from Stamp Your Own Cactus were absolutely adorable so I turned them into a couple to make an anniversary card for my husband.


To create the sunset background, I scribbled a Versamark pen on the middle portion of the Lines Background (love this!) and heat embossed it on watercolour cardstock. Then I brushed four colours of very diluted Gansai paints and set it aside.


The sentiment was created using Happy Stamp & Cut. There are several of these versatile stamp and cut sets and you'll want them all! I used glossy accents to secure the word die to the sentiment strip and adhered it to the card using foam tape on the back of the strip.


While I waited for the background to dry, I stamped, watercolored and trimmed the cacti and their pots. I applied several layers of Wink of Stella on the flowers and added googly eyes on the couple. After all of the pieces were adhered to the card, I added two enamel hearts to finish the scene.


Here's the entire hop list for today:

Emily Leiphart

Be sure to leave a comment at every stop for your chance to win one of three prize packages from Hero Arts! Your next stop is Suzanne Czosek! Be sure to start back at the Hero Arts Blog tomorrow morning for Day 3 of fabulous inspiration with more of my hostess sisters. Thanks so much for hopping with us this week!

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183 comments:

loulou said...

Fabulous card, both gorgeous and fun. Are you suggesting you and your hubby are a little prickly, lol.

Suzanne C said...

They are just too cute with the googly eyes! I love that you made this an anniversary card!

Heather Maria said...

Emily, this is such a fabulous and adorable card! Love your design and that happy cacti couple with the googly eyes are so fun! What a brilliant anniversary card! Love it:)

Emo Marie said...

I love the cactus, they are both so cute!!

Kelly Booth said...

Such a Great Anniversary card Emily Love it!!

V Marcus said...

I love the googly eyes. So cute!

Brandi R said...

What fun cacti! Love your card ♥

richardbreaks said...

So fun! Everything is better with googley eyes!

jcobb said...

Love your cacti couple! Especially the googly eyes! Great card!

Ava said...

Emily, the googly eyes really make these special and fun! So, so creative!

Susie Sonnier said...

I'm so excited to see everything in the new Spring catalog!!!

cheryl l. said...

Cute card! Love the googly eyes!

Shelly Bowe said...

Adorable card! Love all the detail.

T Blevins said...

Love your creativity.

joy said...

So cute to turn the cacti into a couple, Emily! Your hubby will love this one. And, I can see that this new release has many tempting stamps/dies in it.

Janet Zeppa said...

Love those googly eyes on the cactus!

Kathy H said...

Your cacti are so cute Emily! I love the googly eyes!

~amy~ said...

i.love.it.

Debstamps said...

These layers are so intricate Emily--so much beautifully inspiring work here!

Kathy said...

Wow such a beautiful card Emily and adorable too. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Kathy

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

The cactus are so cute with the wiggle eyes.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

I Card Everyone said...

I have to bet that your son just loved this one, too... too cute!!
=] Michele

Vicki Dutcher said...

Very cute ! I that the water colored bg with the partial embossed image too

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Wonderful Day 2. Like the baby animal.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

This is funny makes me think about how "prickly" we can sometimes be!

Kailash said...

Love all the pretty details on your adorable card!!!

Nancy said...

Just sooo cute!

Michele Clay said...

Emily, your card is so fun & brilliantly designed! Leave it to Hero Arts to come up with such great products for us all!

Cynthia Daugherty said...

Love the background!

Toni said...

oh, how I love this new succulent set! Very cute card!

cissi said...

Cute card you made!

Tammy J said...

Super cute card and what a way to bring a cactus to life with goggle eyes. I love it. TFS

Lin said...

Oh my goodness, this is so cute, Emily! What a fun card!

Barb said...

Soooo adorable, Emily! Lovin' those googly eyes!

CinnamonSally said...

Such a cute card Emily, love your fun design!!

Libby Hickson said...

I would never have thought to make an anniversary card with those cacti - you're such a genius, Emily! This is just way too cute!! :-)

Renee M said...

Cute card! I like the googly eyes :)

judkajudi said...

A fun card, Emily, with some great design details. Thanks for the info on making that background! It's been so fun hopping with the hosti! Big hugs.

Betty Sue said...

Love your great cacti! The goggly eyes are fantastic!

Betty Keefe said...

love how you did that background!

Nancy K said...

what a wonderful way to start my day, Emily! you've created such a fun and happy card; i just love the personality the googly eyes give the cactus! brilliant watercolor background too! so happy to be hopping with you today!

sunnee63 said...

gotta luv the addition of the googly eyes!!

ThePurplePlace said...

Love Love Love the HUMOR~! My FAVORITE kind of cards...they make me smile!!

stampwithsandy said...

Oh this is adorable! Love the googly eyes on the cacti!

Kari V. said...

I love your card! The cacti us adorable and the watercolored background is fabulous!

Jackie Parkins said...

Such a cute card! I love the cactus with the googlie eyes.

Beastybunny said...

The card is so adorable! Great job!

Iris said...

Love the fun cacti couple with their wiggly eyes.
isoscia at aol dot com

Virginia Lu said...

Love that subtle watercolor background! Who knew cactus make such a cute couple!? Beautifully done, Emily!

Amy C. said...

How adorable are those little cacti guys!

Diana N. said...

What a fun anniversary card! Love the background.

Janet L. said...

What a happy card!! I'm smiling!

Deborah Nolan said...

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!!!

conil said...

Love these gooogly eyed cacti. This card is so adorable. Makes me smile.

Barbara said...

Cactus and anniversary...two improbable ideas that work so well on this adorable card. Love the watercoloring and thanks for the detailed tutorial! Cute and perfect!

kiaretta said...

Great card
Love that background

Joan said...

Cute and creative card!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Great start to the hop Emily! I love the adorable cactus card. So glad I've been able to hop with you this week! :)

Kristina B. said...

So Cute!! Love the new stamp and cut words!

Tiffany Ervin said...

Hehe!!! Totally love your creative genius on the couple theme for this stamp set!!! It's soooo adorable! And really love the delicate look of that background stamp! Fab job! Always great to hop along with you and be reunited with all the sisters!

Barb said...

super cute card

Bethany said...

What a fun card!

Mary-Anne V said...

Beautiful background and adorable cacti pair.

donna mikasa said...

A pair of lovey dovey cacti have never looked cuter! Great idea to have an anniversary theme--I think your hubby will love this!

Waverunner said...

Aww...how cute is that? I love it! I wasnt into googly eyes before but I have changed my mind seeing this.

Karine said...

Love, love it! So cute!

Cortney Skerl said...

Awww, super cute! I love this!

Lisa H. said...

Those cacti are so stinkin' cute! I really love the background you created, too. So creative!

Cathy P said...

Love your card! The combo of watercolors, embossing and the "happy" die cut!

Dotty Jo x said...

Totally terrific and so much fun! Jo x

Branka said...

Cool card, like it!

Sue D said...

Very cute cactus couple. I like the sunset background.

Suzy Que said...

Such a cute card!!! Love that new "Happy" stamp and cut set! That's a definite on my wish list!

Kristie Goulet said...

Super cute anniversary card!!!

Cheryl H said...

So darned cute!! love the googly eyes :)

ScrapaDiddle said...

These cacti with eyes are adorable!

Lee Anne said...

Very cute and creative! Love the sparkly happy!

sueymem said...

Love the googly eyes.

Karenladd said...

Cactus with googly eyes...how could you get any cuter? What a fun anniversary card!

Cindy C. said...

OMG this is too cute!!

CathyL said...

What a fun card!

SuprFoxDesigns said...

What a fun anniversary card! Love the water color effects and background and just adore the cactus and their googly eyes

Donnadoll said...

Gorgeous card! I love the sparkle. Thanks for the opportunity to win some great products.

judy said...

The cacti are such fun!!

Linda Rubarski said...

Fun cards.

Laura Norris said...

super cute! Love those cacti.

Lieve said...

Beautiful, funny card ! I love your use of the watercolours on the great background stamp.
Happy Anniversary !

Ann Kulseth said...

Interesting take on a new stamp set .... nice!

Leni said...

Such a fun card! Love the googly eyes on this. And thank you for telling how you did the background.

Parker said...

Googly eyes are always bring a fun aspect to a project, and yours is well done.

Nana Griffin said...

This is so cute! I love the google eyes so much.

adele holcomb said...

I like your prickly couple -- what a cute anniversary card!

cindy lou said...

Awww, so cute. Those really make the cactus come alive. Thank you for sharing your talent.

Rose said...

Love your card! The watercolour is so soft & pretty.

Janet Mack said...

This makes a cute anniversary card. I love the googly eyes.

Amante del Papel said...

super fun and beautiful card!!!

Patt H. said...

Adorable card! I love everything about it! Very clever!

Kris in Alaska said...

I love it! Those googly eyes really make the card fab!

pcm said...

you have officially made the cutest cacti ever!

Patty said...

Awesome Anniversary card for your husband...I'm sure he'll love it!!

Megan said...

Not the first set I would have thought of for an anniversary card, but it turned out so cute! :)

Melissa F said...

Love the Versamark pen background technique and that cute googly eyed couple, so adorable especially with the flowers "in her hair."

Thalia said...

Too cute! Thanks for the detailed instructions.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Darling card, Emily - just love your sweet cacti and how you colored them!!

Pamela Haskin said...

Such cute cards! I especially like the wiggly eyes!

Brithzi said...

Super adorable--love the cactus couple and your background.

Flo said...

Super cute card. Hope your husband and you have a great anniversary.

Beatrice Lawson said...

Happy anniversary! Adorable card and love the sparkly sentiment!

Lindsey said...

This is so cute! Love how you've managed to give a couple of cacti so much personality. Great colours, too.

Sue McRae said...

Love your happy google-eyed cacti!

Jessica Backer said...

Cute card!

Helen Gullett said...

Oh Emily.... This is super cute!! Love that flowers on the cactus lady, and the googly eyes are cuteeeeee!

Arlene said...

So adorable! The cutest couple I've seen.

Jocelyn Olson said...

You know how much I love a good cactus stamp, but what you did with this stamp is total genius. I love, love the background (great close-up shots) and how you added the awesome die-cut "happy." The couple turned out so cute--their wiggly eyes crack me up! You totally rocked this hop!

AlbinoPI said...

Love your card...very cute with the googly eyes!

Linda S. said...

Emily, I love how you were so creative in making the background for your card. It gives interest without overpowering your focal image. Cute.

Laceysocks said...

What a happy card!

McStamper said...

So cute. Love the "eyes".

Irene Grau said...

Great card. I love cacti. The googly eyes are such a great touch!

Chark said...

adorable and such great coloring!

Marilyn Cruz said...

Who would put googlie eyes on a catctus...too cute

mimi said...

So cute, love the cacti!

Lysa said...

Love the cacti!

Happy Anniversary!

ivy said...

So cute! Love this set!

Yoonsun Hur said...

OH MY Goodness! So cute card!!!

fyk said...

Love the card...thats an awesome background and die!

Dan DePasquale said...

Love your card. The way you used dimensions and the googly eyes is so fun. Thanks for sharing!

Nan said...

Very cute card! Love the pink flowers. They are such a sweet touch!

Dawn Turley said...

what an awesome card. Just love the whole design.

lostinpaper said...

Super fab card, I'm so inspired Emily!

Joan said...

So cute, love the happy couple

TracyM #6773 said...

SUPER CUTE card Emily!!!
LOVE IT ALL, from the DELICATE background to the SPARKLING flowers on the prickly cactus ... and EVERTYTHING in between - WOW!!!
THANK YOU for sharing your COOL & CREATIVE INSPIRATION - this would be perfect for our 30th anniversary coming up later this year - we're a prickly couple sharing more and more love as each year goes by :)

Linda said...

these cacti are so cute with eyes!

Kristen Ciambrone said...

What a fun take on an anniversary card. Ha!

Barb Ghig said...

Such a fun card, Emily! I love how you added those cute googly eyes, too...so cute!

Carol McCready said...

Love your card it's so fun with those eyes. The background looks fantastic.

graham Brand said...

Lovely card - so cute.

Skraperella said...

Your card is so cute Emily! I soooo want this stamp set 😄

Susan said...

Yay, I just bought those sets, Thanks for the inspiration.

Pamellia Johnson said...

Adorable card, love how you popped the cacti up on pop dots, gives the scene great dimension! hugs :)

Lauren said...

Love that you used these for an anniversary card! too cute!

Carrie R. said...

I never would have thought to use this set for an anniversary card. How creative!

KT Fit Kitty said...

OMGoodness, what an adorable card! The background is beautiful and I LOVE the googly eyes on these cacti!

bzyPTmom said...

I live in cactus country--this card is terrific! Love the colors and background is perfect!

cma21317 said...

YEP love those cactus. The google eyes just makes this card. Excellent job.

MagsB said...

What a fun, original Anniversary card! I love the googly eyes!

Terri said...

What a fun happy card and I just love what you did with the background.

Shelly said...

ACK! This is sooooo CUTE, Emily! LOVE.IT.

mtscrapgal said...

Love the personalities of the cactus couple. Neat background. Thanks

pta4him said...

Cute little cactus cards.

Mary Holshouser said...

The little cacti are so cute.
they work so well in the anniversary card. I can see lots of uses for them.
thanks for sharing a darling card

Donna Dacy said...

I must have missed you on the day 2 of this blog. I love the cacti dies and your coloring is spot on. I love how you added the "googlie" eyes. Makes them come to life. I love the die cut sentiment. Great Job! TFS

N Patricia Castillo said...

OK--this is adorable!!!!! :)

Ria said...

Great anniversary card. Thanks for sharing

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Hehehe! This is so funny! Love the google eyes on here!

Ellen S. said...

Cute card! Thanks for sharing!

aileen (mum) said...

Emily, cant say I've ever seen a cacti looking so cute. Great card.

luluvision said...

What a fun card! I love the addition of the googly eyes! Thanks for sharing!

Kamila R. said...

Such a fun card! I love these images and the watercolour effect!

Christine R. said...

This card is so super cute!

irisesther54 said...

Such a cute card. Love the couple of cacti.

Becs Attwood said...

Such a cute card - beautiful water-coloring. Thanks for sharing.

Robin B. said...

Super cute card! I love the colors and fun cactus.

Miriam Prantner said...

Wow, this is such a fun card and you packed so much in! I love the subtle background and watercoloring, the goggly eyes, the sparkly red word die, it all comes together so perfectly!

Cheri Hochstettler said...

Such fun cards!

Karen L K said...

What a cute card. You just made those cactus come alive! Interesting background too.

Carolyn Steele said...

SUCH a cute card. Love turning the cacti into little creatures. So creative!

Melissa D said...

SO CUTE! Love the watercoloured background with the subtle background stamp there too.

Karen King said...

Such awesome dimension on your card!

Cindi said...

Love the way you anthromorphized the cacti. cute.

Bobby said...

Who knew cacti could be so cute. ;)

Jenn Biederman said...

Adorable, Emily! Loved that you used the cacti as a couple...perfect with the sentiment!!! Loved hopping with you!!

Larissa Heskett said...

Awesome Card!! I LOVE the FUN Design!!THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Weekend!! ;)

Iryna Kostikova said...

Such a fun card! Just want to smile. Thank you!

scrappykate said...

What a cute card! Especially since it's for an anniversary.

Kiwi said...

Gorgeous card! Love the cacti with the googly eyes,and the watercolor background is beautiful,thanks for sharing :-)

Deeps said...

How cute to turn the cacti into a couple. Love it.

Monika Reeck said...

Oh so sweeet with that wackelig eyes..cute cute card and soft color against that anniversary in blue and white and happy in pink bling so adorable card Emily..
I remember the time I said to you hey why dont you join HA challenge I knew you are great on all Design team member you are really a great card maker and so talented Emily..I was always happy to get encouragement from you and I am happy to knowing you hope one day I can meet you in real life who knows...
nowaday I guess you are busy with all the DT member and has less time to visiting blogs...I miss you but I always remember you Emily..hugs, Monika

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Looking at your card, you can fall in love with cacti:-) Beautiful card.
Regards,
Bozena

maureen said...

okay who is the prickly one of the pair? lol

ionabunny said...

OMG cacti with wobbly eyes. So cute. Hugz

Taunya Butler said...

So cute, clever and so very stylish!!! Love your art and how creative you are!!!

Memories by Manda said...

Cute card - love the googly eyes! I enjoy seeing how people use the new releases in the blog hops! Thanks for sharing.