Janette Kausen

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Janette Kausen

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Hero Arts 2018 Catalog Hop (+Giveaway)

Hero Arts 2018 Catalog Hop (+Giveaway)

The Hero Arts 2018 Catalog has officially been launched in the Hero Arts shop! There are so many items I am excited about. Some of my favorites are of course the new liquid watercolors. They are so heavily pigmented that it only takes a drop or two to complete images. I also adore the Dragonfly Fancy die set, the Antique Keys Bold Prints and the new florals and… and…. Truly I just need an extra day in my week. Preferably between Saturday and Sunday. I just want to play all day with all of this goodness!

Quick Links:

2018 Catalog Products     |     Blog Hop / Giveaway     |     Project Supplies     |     Giving

So I may have a thing for dragonflies. So much so that I have one permanently inked. This glittery dragonfly was created with the new Dragonfly Fancy Die and Be Creative Tape. I adhered the tape to heavy cardstock and die cut it, tape side up, setting my machine so that it would cut through the release paper of the tape, but not through the cardstock backing. Working from dark to light I removed select areas of the release tape and applied glitter. I buffed it with an old paintbrush to firmly attach it to the tape and tapped off the excess. I moved through the colors, even gradating the color on the wings. Using the dragonfly outline die, I cut into Handmade Watercolor Paper for amazing texture on the face of the panel.

You can see a YouTube video tutorial here on the same technique done a couple of years ago. It was the first video I ever did and have since improved, so go easy on me! It is still viable and provides good information!

The full list of supplies for this project is linked HERE.

 

I love these Antique Keys too! On my bucket list is the bridge full of locks in um… Paris, I think… Anytime I see images of it I think how cool it would be to attach one of my own. Someday… after I research it a bit, ha!

This card is super quick and simple. I airbrushed it with my Copic markers. It could easily be recreated with Hero Arts inks or Distress Oxides. Then I white heat embossed it and adhered a Swans & Cattails sentiment over a black and white Candy Stripe Bold Prints strip. I trimmed the finished panel slightly narrower than A2 and then adhered it to an A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) folded card base.

The full list of supplies for this project is linked HERE.

Giving for Destinations

Hero Arts is a tremendously generous company and I am honored to be able to share with you that 100% of the profits from the stamps below directly support charities in order to help those most in need from recent hurricane and fire destruction. You can read more about Hero Arts giving campaigns HERE.

Destination Napa Valley
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Destination Florida
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Destination Mexico
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Destination Puerto Rico
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Blog Hop

Giveaway: We will be giving away three $50 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Thursday, February 22nd at 11:59pm PT and we’ll announce the winner the following week.

Thank you so much for hopping along today. Carry on!

xo, Janette

2018 Hero Arts Catalog

All the goodness from the new Hero Arts 2018 Spring Catalog is available now in the Hero Arts shop!

Artprint Brown Liquid Watercolor
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Pine Liquid Watercolor
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Moss Liquid Watercolor
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Mulled Wine Liquid Watercolor
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Strawberry Liquid Watercolor
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Dandelion Liquid Watercolor
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Deep Ocean Liquid Watercolor
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Indigo Liquid Watercolor
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Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen
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Swallowtail Layering Dye Inks
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Rabbit Layering Dye Inks
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Swan Layering Dye Inks
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Nasturtium Layering Dye Inks
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Pink Pop Flowers Sequin Mix
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Seashore Sequin Mix
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Butterfly Garden Sequin Mix
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Newspaper Bold Prints
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Antique Keys Bold Prints
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Abstract Skyline Bold Prints
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Floral Mandala Bold Prints
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Urban Skyline Bold Prints
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Color Layering Swan Bundle
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Color Layering Rabbit Bundle
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Color Layering Nasturtium Bundle
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Color Layering Swallowtail Bundle
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Color Layering Elephant Bundle
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Color Layering Caterpillar Bundle
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Mermaid Stamp & Cut
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House Stamp & Cut
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Layered Topiary Stamp & Cut
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Wishing Well
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Weird & Wonderful
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Welcome Neighbor
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In the Study
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Headline Messages
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Mouse Tea Party
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Make A Fountain
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Alphabet Soup
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Story Time
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Layered Topiary
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Swans & Cattails
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Woodland Tea Party
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Color Layering Swan
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Color Layering Rabbit
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Color Layering Nasturtium
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Color Layering Swallowtail
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Color Layering Elephant
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Color Layering Caterpillar
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Support, Prayers, Love
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Safari Wild About You
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Safari Huge Tanks
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Mermaid Kisses
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Bookcase
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Mermaid Ink N Stamp
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Safari Ink N Stamp
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Modern Uppercase Letters & Numbers
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Modern Lowercase Letters
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Golden Age Large Letter Set
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Flowering Magnolia
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Flowering Nasturtium
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Destination Florida
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Destination Mexico
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Destination Puerto Rico
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Destination Napa Valley
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Elephant Pair
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Meerkat Pair
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Garden Gnome
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Into The Woods Stencil 6x6
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Spades Stencil 6x6
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Mermaid Sea Waves Stencil 6x6
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Classic Vellum Layering Paper (10)
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Radiant White 4x6 Cardstock (24)
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Paper Layering Swan w/Frame
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Trellis Fancy Die
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Dragonfly Fancy Die
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Rounded Rectangle Infinity Dies
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Nesting House Infinity Dies
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Flower Confetti Fancy Die
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Wishing Well Frame Cuts
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Flowering Nasturtium Frame Cuts
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In the Study Frame Cuts
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Flowering Magnolia Frame Cuts
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Make a Fountain Frame Cuts
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Story Time Frame Cuts
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Layered Topiary Frame Cuts
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Color Layering Swan Frame Cuts
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Woodland Tea Party Frame Cuts
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Color Layering Rabbit Frame Cuts
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Color Layering Nasturtium Frame Cuts
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Color Layering Swallowtail Frame Cuts
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Color Layering Elephants Frame Cuts
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Color Layering Caterpillar Frame Cuts
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Swans & Cattails Frame Cuts
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Welcome Neighbor Frame Cuts
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Mouse Tea Party Frame Cuts
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Mermaid Kisses Frame Cuts
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Coral Fancy Dies
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Safari Sunset Fancy Die
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Safari Wild About You Frame Cuts
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Safari Huge Thanks Frame Cuts
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Project Supplies

I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefor may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!

Dragonfly Fancy Die
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Support, Prayers, Love
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PS767 Handmade Watercolor Paper
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Be Creative Tape, 115mm (4.5")
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Tonic Studios 723N Violet Infusion...
[ AMZUS | BRI | SBC ]
Tonic Studios 712N Nuvo Pure Sheen...
[ AMZUS | BRI | SBC | SSS ]
Tonic Studios NOM533772 Nuvo Pure...
[ AMZUS | BRI | SBC | SSS ]
Tonic Studios Nuvo pure Sheen Glitter...
[ AMZUS | BRI | SBC | SSS ]
Tonic Studios 713N Nuvo Pure Sheen...
[ AMZUS | BRI | SBC ]
Champagne Sequin Mix
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PS623 Sea Mix Layering Papers (12) |...
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Antique Keys Bold Prints
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Swans & Cattails
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COPIC Sketch Marker BG07, Petroleum Blue
[ ELH | AMZUS | SSS ]
COPIC Sketch Marker FYG2, Fluorescent...
[ ELH | SSS | AMZUS ]
COPIC Sketch Marker BV08, Blue Violet
[ ELH | AMZUS | SSS ]
Candy Stripe Bold Prints
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Black India Ink
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CH300 Ombré Ocean Sequins
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Midnight Mixed Layering Papers (12)
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Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
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White Embossing Powder
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Snow Layering Papers (10)
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PS566 Snow Folded Cards (10)
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PS591 Snow Envelopes (10)
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Tombow - Mono Multi Liquid Glue, 0.88...
[ AMZUS | SSS | ELH ]
Inkadinkado Embossing Magic
[ AMZUS | ELH | SSS ]
Copic Air-Brushing System STARTING...
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Sparmax Achieve TC501N Compressor
[ AMZUS | ELH | BLIC ]

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Distressing Pineapples X2

Distressing Pineapples X2

Welcome to the initial installment of Work Your Stash Wednesday! It has been such beautiful weather here in Central California (low 70’s!). I have been craving all things spring and summer. I am born and bred California, and I just don’t like the cold. And by cold I mean below 60*. I’ll take 110* over 40 any day. When I happened across this W Plus 9 Summer Citrus stamp set I knew I had to get her out to bring sunshine to my soul.

I began by stamping several Summer Citrus pineapples in W Plus 9 Pure Color Black ink. It is a crisp, deep, dark, and waterproof black ink that is among my favorites. I then Versamaked and clear heat embossed them to create wells for watercolor. After smooshing Mustard Seed and Peeled Paint Distress Inks on my craft mat, I added a a bit of water to each and loosely painted in the pineapples beginning with the yellow toward the top and the green at the bottom. Drying and adding color repeatedly will create a richer color as well as add the awesome watermarks.

Die cut an A2 oatmeal panel with the Waffleflower Pinking Layers and stitch with black size 5 DMC Pearl Cotton. Stamp sentiment with the same Pure Color Black ink. Adhere three pineapples popping the center one for dimension. Adhere finished panel to A2 folded card base.

Stay Classy was created by first white heat embossing the Citrus Background Builder pineapple on Bristol paper. I watercolored the background in the same manner as I did the pineapples with the previous card. Once dry, I trimmed it a bit shy of the standard A2 of 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. I usually trim down about 3/8″ from the top and a side when applying a mat.

I popped the white heat embossed banner up that I had trimmed with a strip of black and white stripe from the scrap bin. I trimmed the sentiment strip to fit the watercolor panel after I adhered it. No need for measuring in this instance. After adhereing the watercolor panel to the folded card base, I again used dimensional adhesive for the pineapple. I also set it at an angle to just overhang the watercolor panel, but not the card base.

Thank you for joining me for Work your Stash Wednesday! If you have something in your stash you’d like me to create with, contact me and if I have it (or maybe something similar), I’ll give it a go! See you soon!

xo, Janette

Project Supplies

I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefor may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!

Summer Citrus Stamp Set
[ BRI | ELH | SSS ]
Summer Citrus Die 
[ BRI | ELH | SSS ]
Wplus9 SUMMER CITRUS Clear Stamp And...
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Citrus Background Builders Stamp Set
[ BRI | ELH | SSS ]
Southern Sentiments Stamp Set
[ BRI | ELH | SSS ]
Waffle Flower Crafts - Craft Die -...
[ SBC | SSS ]
Black Dye Ink - WPlus9 Design Studio,...
[ WPL ]
Brand New Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads,...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Tsukineko VersaMark Watermark Stamp...
[ AMZUS | HA | ELH | SBC ]
Koh-I-Noor Bristol Smooth Bright...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Oatmeal Cardstock - WPlus9 Design...
[ WPL ]
A2 Oatmeal Envelopes - WPlus9 Design...
[ WPL ]
White Embossing Powder
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Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder
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Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, 0.88...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SSS ]
DMC 115 5-310 Pearl Cotton Thread,...
[ AMZUS ]

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Hero Arts: My Monthly Hero Hop (+Giveaway)

Hero Arts: My Monthly Hero Hop (+Giveaway)

Hey there, hi there, ho there! Thank you for dropping in! As you may know, today is the highly anticipated release of the February My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts. If you are not already experiencing spring in your neck of the woods, you will be craving it after all the hop inspiration today!

Kit availability and shippingThe kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday, February 9th. Subscribe now to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!

Kit contents:

6″ x 8″ Clear stamp set
24 Coordinating dies
3 Ink cubes (Nest, Robin’s Egg, Feather)
2 5½” x 8½” sheets Stone woodgrain cardstock (111 lb. cover)
2 5½” x 8½” sheets Bubinga woodgrain cardstock (111 lb. cover)
2 Mini grapevine wreaths

The value of the kit is $70, but it is sold at $34.99.

If you’d like to find out more about subscribing to the My Monthly Hero kit, where you are sure to never miss out, click here.

February MMH Add-Ons

If you are having an attack of Full Set Syndrome, you can get the entire add-on collection HERE and save 11%.

Starling on Branch | Hero Arts
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Come Fly With Me | Hero Arts
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A Little Bird Told Me | Hero Arts
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A Little Bird Told Me Frame Cuts |...
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Hummingbirds | Hero Arts
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Hummingbird Frame Cuts | Hero Arts
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Cardinal Stamp & Cut | Hero Arts
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Chirp Stamp N Cut
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Bird & Banner Fancy Die | Hero Arts
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Bird Branches Fancy Die w/Frame |...
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Paper Layering Feather | Hero Arts
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Sunburst Bold Prints | Hero Arts
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Swirl of Starlings Bold Prints | Hero...
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Love me an organic watercolor background. This one turned out dreamy! I scribbled, (yep, nothing fancy) just scribbled on Bristol paper with a blue and a coral Arteza watercolor brush marker. I Then used a wet paint brush and loosely scribbled again over the markered area. I was careful at the beginning to not mix the two colors. After a minute or so I allowed them to just kiss. The varying amounts of water along the border caused the colors to create the push and pull into each other. Scribble a quarter sized amount of color onto a craft mat. Dip in saturated paint brush and splatter similarly colored area of panel.

Set it aside to dry or use a heat tool to speed the process. If you find your paper has warped once dry, pass through a warm Minc machine or laminator to iron it flat.

Die cut the nest (kit) into dark woodgrain paper (kit). Define branches of the nest by running a dotting tool along them. I pressed some to the front and others to the back while on top of the foam from my Misti creating ridges, valleys and most importantly – dimension. I tucked in a few Bristol paper die cut eggs (kit) and branches (kit) also colored with the Arteza markers.

Arteza markers are extremely similar to the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, but are at a lower price point. The Arteza brush is not quite at fine as the Zig, and sometimes has a few stray strands, but the color from the Arteza are more vibrant, in my opinion.

Trim watercolor panel to slightly smaller than A2 and stamp sentiment (kit) in Soft Granite. Mount panel on A2 stone woodgrain paper (kit). Secure eggs and twigs. Adhere nest with foam tape for a touch of height.

Blog Hop

Giveaway: We are giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (We will reimburse them if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Sunday, February 11th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.

Thank you so much for hopping along today. Carry on!

xo, Janette

Project Supplies

I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefor may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!

MMH Kit Feb 2018
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Soft Granite Shadow Ink | Hero Arts
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Dotting 5 X 2 Way Marbleizing Dotting...
[ AMZUS ]
Arteza Real Brush Pens - 24-Colors -...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Arteza Real Brush Pens - 48-Colors -...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Koh-I-Noor Bristol Smooth Bright...
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Original Misti
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Mini Misti
[ HA ]
Heidi Swapp MINI MINC 6 INCH FOIL...
[ SSS ]
Royal Sovereign LAMINATOR Machine 9...
[ SSS ]

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Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Countdown Preview (+Giveaway)

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Countdown Preview (+Giveaway)

It’s that time again! The Countdown to Creativity is on over on the Hero Arts blog. I’m featuring the main stamp kit and a wreath add-on. I’d love for you to take a peek HERE! The full reveal and release hop is Monday, February 5th at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific.

Comment on all the February Countdown posts on the Hero Arts Blog for your chance to win a kit of your own. If you already subscribe or buy a kit of your own, you will be reimbursed upon winning.

xo, Janette

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Neutral Valentine’s Cards

Neutral Valentine’s Cards

Awe, giraffes! So cute! Today and Wednesday I am sharing a couple of quick cards to give you inspiration for all the Valentines in your life. Today’s card features Hero Arts Loving Giraffes and Vintage Ombre Pigment ink in Metallic Rust. Cards don’t have to be complicated and time consuming to show someone you care. Sometimes it is a matter of just getting them done and in the mail. These sweet giraffes can be inked up, cut out and ready to go in no time flat!

I simply inked up Loving Giraffes with gender neutral Vintage Ombre Pigment ink in Metallic Rust and stamped onto 110# Neenah Solar White cardstock. The three tones of metallic ombre ink in one pad is perfect to liven up stamps, quick and painless. I then created the background color by taking the same ink pad and swiping it left to right across an A2 Neenah panel to create streaks of color. Swipe a few times for full coverage. Fussy cut those sweet giraffes and pop them up. Finally, add the super fun sentiment from Hero Arts We Go Together, add Three Tiny Hearts and sprinkle on a few sequins. Pinky swear, it is quick and anyone can have success with this card!

I hope you’ve been inspired to enjoy some craft therapy of your own! Be sure to scroll down for project supplies and New Sale News. See you Wednesday!

xo, Janette

Project Supplies

I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefor may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!

Loving Giraffes
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Three Tiny Hearts
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We Go Together
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AF346 Ombré Vintage Metallic Rust |...
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Intense Black Hybrid Ink
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Champagne Sequin Mix
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Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight,...
[ ELH | SSS | AMZUS ]

New Sale News

Altenew rates really high on companies and style I adore!

Their sale is 15% off on All Stamp & Die Bundles with code “BYEJAN2018″ at checkout. Valid through 1/31/18.

This link will take you right to the sale page!

Altenew

15% off Bundle Sale

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Happily Ever After Bouquet

Happily Ever After Bouquet

I did it, I made another video tutorial! Ah, this time with the gorgeous Bouquet stamp from Hero Arts and flick style coloring with pencils. You guys, you have no idea how accomplished I feel when I have wrapped a video up. Head on over to the Hero Arts blog to get all the details on the card and of course, the video, YAY!

Have a fantastic week, my friends – and yes, squeeze in a bit of Creative Bliss for yourself. You’ll be happy you did!

xo, Janette

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