Monday, September 29, 2014

Hero Arts Holiday Blog Hop


Welcome to my stop on the Hero Arts Holiday Blog Hop! Today we are featuring some of the fabulous products from the 2014 Holiday Catalog and hope to give you lots of inspiration for your holiday card making.


My card features the Peace Poinsettias clear stamp set. This gorgeous flower is perfect for many coloring techniques and I chose to use Distress Inks to create a watercolor effect


This stamp set also has a coordinating die that will help speed up your holiday card making, but I didn't use the die in the traditional way today. I trimmed out the flower and leaves by hand right next to the embossing so there was no border. Then I used the dies to die cut the flower and leaves on a white panel. When the flower is inlaid, you are left with a gap that will allow the color of the card base to show through. So fun!


Giveaway

Hero Arts will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE that includes an assortment of stamps, inks, stencils and dies valued at over $75. In addition, two $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift cards will also be awarded. The three prize winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers' blogs, so the more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning! The giveaway closes at 11:59pm PST on Thursday, Oct 2 and the winners will be announced on the Hero Arts blog on Friday, Oct 3.

Your next stop on the hop is the sweet and talented Donna Mikasa

If you come across any broken links along the way, you can find all the links to the stops on the hop over on the Hero Arts Blog.

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Libby Hickson said...

LOVE your gorgeous card, Kelly! And what a fun idea, love how you inlaid the flower!

LauraJane:) said...

Stunning coloring!

Jeannette Friesen said...

Very pretty. Love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

Susan Penswick said...

Beautiful card!

Tammy Mohr said...

Very pretty card. The layering really gave the flower a nice depth.

ScrapaDiddle said...

Lovely card! Perfect for the holidays!

Sue said...

Beautiful cards - I'm now inspired to get crankin' on my cards for this holiday season!

stamping sue said...

pretty, pretty, pretty poinsettia card.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Barb said...

Very beautiful card! Love the way you inlaid the flower.

Robin Grossbier said...

Love the poinsettia! Great card!
Robin

bonami2b said...

Love the simplicity of your card. The layering of the petals, great idea.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the use of the Distress Inks for a wonderful watercolor look. Like the layering.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Scrapthat said...

Very pretty Kelly! love your card TFS
Dolly

Betty Heisler said...

Peaceful Poinsettia is such a beautiful stamp. I love how real it looks on your lovely card.

Lastochka said...

Love this bright puancetia !

Gerrina said...

Beautiful that combi from classic image and colours and then the mint colour of the card!

Talitha Wright said...

Just love this card. So pretty.

Kailash said...

Such a bold design, gorgeous card!!!

JanetB said...

I really like the way you cut out the flower so the base color could show and frame it. Beautiful.

KT Fit Kitty said...

So pretty! I love your poinsettia!

Wida said...

beautiful depth on the red in the flower!

Christine R. said...

This card is so beautiful. The dimensions and the coloring of the poinsettia are stunning!

Thalia said...

Beautiful card!

TenSGal said...

Absolutely gorgeous! What coloring!

Sheila H said...

Fabulous coloring!

Nancy said...

Such a simple and elegant card! Gorgeous coloring and great dimension from your cutting technique!

iLikeCrafts said...

I want this stamp. It's so pretty. And the way you have layered the pieces is amazing.

Classy and Fabulous said...

Love this stamp! The inlaid technique its beautiful! And the coloring its stunning! Thanks for sharing!

Faye Smith said...

Love Poinsettias!!

joy said...

THis stamp is just gorgeous and so is your card, Kelly! Thanks for the inspiration.

Kathy H said...

A beautiful card Kelly!

Cindy C. said...

Gorgeous card Kelly!! Love the inlaid technique you've used!

Charlotte C said...

Love the inlaid look on this card. Beautiful.

Linda T said...

What a beautiful card. Just love the Poinsettia and the coloring. Beautiful stamp.

Debbie said...

Beautiful card. So bright and cherry for the holidays. I think this set is a must have!!

cheryl l. said...

Very, very pretty card!

Shelley C said...

The poinsettia is so synonymous with Christmas, and this one is so pretty. Great technique to fussy cut and inlay so the background comes through. TFS!!!

jamie vanskiver said...

Oh so pretty ! this stamp is awesome! Your card is beautiful!

Lisbeth Rimmer said...

Your card is so pretty

BJY said...

Wonderful coloring technique.

Sue McRae said...

Love your inlaid technique, so cool!

chera said...

Beautiful! Clean simple and stunning!!!

judy said...

I love the watercoloring on your lovely card!

Karen King said...

I love the look you created with the die. This is a stunning stamp!

Dee Ann Matthews said...

Beat ever poinsetta! Thanks for the inspiration

Efrat said...

Stunning card! I love the coloring - so beautiful!!

NatQuebec said...

Your layered flower is beautiful !

Ava said...

Gorgeous coloring and design, Kelly!

Noreen said...

The great dimension is lovely for your poinsettia!

Brenda Evans said...

I love the white background that makes that poinsettia pop - great card!

Jeannie Ross said...

Nice idea and a beautiful card. thanks for sharing.

diana said...

Lovely card & coloring! TFS ;-)

Casey Ward said...

Great card that looks easy to accomplish but looks beautiful as well. I love it when there is a stamp with a matching die....

Beastybunny said...

Absolutely fantastic card! Love the 3atercolring and the dimension!

rubbergranny said...

Beautiful card with layers for added effect. Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

Haley Cross said...

Oh wow Kelly, this is gorgeous!

MMSacca said...

What a beautiful poinsettia .. The watercolor is fabulous...

Beth H. said...

Beautiful card!

Scrapperdipper said...

Your card is beautiful. I especially love the way you used the die to inlay the pointsettia. Thanks for sharing.

Fay said...

Love the idea of the dimensional poinsettia.

Donna Whitten said...

Great job on a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing.

Amber McGary said...

I love the dimension on this card.

Dorothy C. said...

Beautiful card - great coloring on the pretty poinsettia.

Virginia said...

beautiful pointsettia stamp

Kathy M. said...

Love the watercoloring you did for this card.

cosmictwirling said...

I love how the blue background works with those colors! Beautiful card.

Viktoriya said...

very beautiful card! Thanks for the inspiration!

Laurie Jonas said...

Love the color!

Deb Schafer said...

The dimension of the pointsettia really works on the card, giving it great interest.

Patty said...

I love poinsettias. What a pretty card!

Donna said...

The white space around the flower really shows it off! Very pretty!

Metty Fredricks said...

Great use of color and dies. Love it!

Dee said...

I just love your card. Your coloring is so beautiful

Renee said...

This is so amazing, love the die cutting of the card and the white piece of paper! Fantastic work :)

Murtuza said...

Poinsettias are my favourite flowers for the season

Nicole Parmentier said...

awesome poinsettia! I love the layering!

snazzyjj said...

Love how the white outline really pops the red!

grandmato20 said...

Love the dimension your card gives and the brilliant red color!

Renee M said...

I'm a sucker for poinsettias and your card is gorgeous! Such a great idea to use the die like that to let the card's inside color show through. I never would have thought to do that!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

One word gorgeous!

Diana N. said...

Love the Peace Poinsettia! What a great idea about trimming the colored image just a tiny bit around the edges, so the card base shows through.

Angelique Vela said...

Love how clean and fresh your card looks.

cghundley said...

What a great idea!
Love the way you
did the flower and
the die cut.
Carla from Utah

Purvi said...

Nice card with bright colors!

conil said...

Diecutting the poinsettia over that lovely color really makes it pop. Great card.

Joanne Rosario said...

Absolutely beautiful.

Barbara said...

Your card is elegant and gorgeous! I love the water coloring with the distress inks and it's beautiful. The look created by using the die cut as you did is just wonderful and sets off the design so perfectly. Thanks for a great technique idea!

Barbara said...

Beautiful!

Kristie Goulet said...

Beautiful coloring and CAS design! LOVE!!!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful card!

staceylovespaper said...

Love the card, very pretty.

Kathy W said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

NanW said...

Clever way to inlay the flower.

Cheryl said...

Great statement piece! Thanks for reminding me of all the simple things that can take the card to the next step.

Tami Babcock said...

Wow! Fabulous! That poinsettia looks VERY realistic and the 3D effect is just stunning!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card!! Love the inlaid technique
Laurie B

Casey-Diane said...

I love the look of this card!

sharon l-s said...

Awesome card when I first looked at it I was wondering about the shadow effect-- after reading how you did it I realized the shadow was the color showing thru the die cut. I have to try this with my cards. super thanks for sharing

Marilyn said...

What a stunner! Simply gorgeous!!

Amyjzs said...

Great card, your painting is beautiful!

Dana said...

Gorgeous card!! Love the idea of hand trimming the flower and then setting it inside the die cut!!

Miriam Prantner said...

The coloring is so pretty and I love how it's kind of framed out from the die!

Gloria Reynolds said...

Your card will be a classic. Love the coloring.

Pam W Merwin said...

Love the combination of the die and the stamp ~ Poinsettia is beautiful!

Kaylin Krawczyk said...

what an elegant card love it

Katie said...

WOW, such a beautiful card. Love it!

Virginia Lu said...

Wow...gorgeous! Love your water-coloring on this poinsettia! I adore the dimensions that you added!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Stunning card...the colors are so vibrant!

Maeghan M. said...

Love how you used the die cut! TFS!!!

Anne said...

I think poinsettias are the ultimate Christmas image, that is other than the image of the Holy Family. It is so classy. Very pretty card.

Mike and Sam Jasch said...

So gorgeous! Just love this card in every way!

Carmen said...

Great poinsettia card, love the colors!!!

Petti said...

Pretty card thanks for sharing!

Karen Wade said...

Such a pretty card!!! I like the white edges

LesLee said...

Beautiful.. Love the crispness of it. I noticed your last name. I am married to a Rasmus and he said that when his relatives got here they dropped the SEN. I love it maybe down the line somewhere our families are related. :D

Anonymous said...

Pretty card. What a clever technique. Can't wait to try it.

Michelle said...

A beautiful poinsettia!! Loving this fun blog hop!!

Diana Johnson said...

Beautiful card!

Deborah Carr said...

Love poinsettias!

Kelly Booth said...

GOOOOOOOOORGEOUS Kelly!!!! Love this....

Madeline Rains said...

I absolutely love this idea!!

BMG said...

I really like how you got the outline around the poinsettia.
Thank You

bzyPTmom said...

This is gorgeous! I just got this beautiful stamp set, may have to get the die!

jeb said...

My all time favorite flower. I can't seem to have too many poinsettia stamps. Thank you for the inspiration with this pretty card.

Mary Locke said...

Your cards is beautiful...great technique!

clavell said...

Love the inlaid technique!

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous card, Kelly! I love how you die cut the flower so the green can peek through, and your watercoloring is really beautiful! LOVE this card!

Barbara M. said...

Beautiful card!

Amy Acord said...

Stunning! I love poinsettias so this is just beautiful to me!!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

What a gorgeous watercolored flower, Kelly - just love this!!

Teresa said...

Beautiful card. I love using distresed inks. Thank you for the chance to win.

Karen Lingel said...

Love the watercoloring! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Debra said...

Beautiful, love the colors. So simple but festive.

Tammy Rubarts said...

I love the use of the non-traditional teal blue card! Beautiful!!

Liz Lumsden said...

I love poinsettias, and your card looks awesome with the inlaid poinsettia!

Rita said...

This card is so" Christmas Season "love it.

Anonymous said...

such a pretty card

Valerie Gee said...

Love how you inlaid the die with a frame window - I can't even describe it, but it's fabulous! Thanks for sharing your creativity, and of course, for the chance to win great prizes!!!!

Harriet said...

Brilliant use of a die....the flower is spectacular, the card beautiful.

Nicole Schick said...

I love the layering on the flower!

Skraperella said...

I love your card Kelly! Thanks for the chance to win :-)

Judy Sander said...

Gorgeous Poinsettia! Love how Hero Arts includes products that are the traditional elements of Christmas and in such good taste.

Rufred said...

Beautiful, dimensional card.

Kazumi Edwards said...

Beautiful coloring!

Nancy K said...

Such a gorgeous card! Love the classic style.

Barbara said...

Way cool!

Sherri said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing!

lindagrady said...

Gorgeous stamp. Just received it and anxious to get a chance to play with it. Didn't know there was a die to match when I ordered it. Gotta check my local LSS to see if they have it.

REGINA G said...

LOVE THE COLORS, GORGEOUS CARD.

Maude Beakley said...

That is a great interpretation of a traditional poinsettia card -- very striking.

Bonnie said...

Lovely poinsettia! The rest of card is so clean, it is stunning

Joyce said...

I. Love. This Card!!!! It is beautiful. Can't wait to create my own. Thanks so much for sharing.

Lanie Weathers said...

Such an awesome 3-D layered look.

Lucinde said...

Love the watercolor effect!

Merethe Arstein said...

Pointsettias and I am lost... Lovely.. :)

Teresa W. said...

Gorgeous card! Love how you use the die to make a little border.

Vicki Milyard said...

lovely card love the three-d look!! thanks for the chance to win a great prize (never have)

Nana Griffin said...

Beautiful poinsetia card!

Kathy M said...

Love the bright colors

Michele Slater said...

Beautiful pointsettia!I love the cut away idea and the layers.

donna mikasa said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Kelly! Love your coloring of the inlaid poinsettia!

{VICKI} said...

sooooooooooooooooooo
PRETTY!

L J Kimble said...

Lovely card ... I like the technique of cutting the flower out of the front panel so some of the inside showed through. Thanks for sharing this.

Alyson H said...

I love this card, thank you for sharing :-)

Fran said...

Love the card. The Peace Poinsettias clear stamp set is so pretty. Would love to have it.

Olga Direktorenko said...

Great poinsettia! You've done a wonderful job.

TangledBlueRose said...

Love the poinsettia stamp! Looks so roomy and fun to color! Have a great day!~kim

lj1225 said...

Great card ... the poinsettia is lovely!

OracleGaia said...

I love the flower. It really says "Christmas" to me. Great job on the card!

Ina Good said...

Love the way you did the poinsetta on your card

Mojamm said...

Love the way you trimmed the die cuts so that when they were inlaid the color of the base showed through - awesome twist on the standard inlay technique!

Margarita Navarro-Rivera said...

Love poinsettias! Love your cad!

wimzcl1 said...


I hate to fussy cut, but it sure made a beautiful card when the die cut flower left just a hint of the card color showing - lots of depth.
BTW your coloring is very nice.

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a gorgeous poinsettia. Beautiful with all those fantastic layers.

Barbara-Jean said...

What a great coloring job!

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

beautiful card, Kelly!

Grace said...

Amazing card. Loved the inlaid technique. The card is gorgeous

susieqhersh said...

Beautiful..love the layering and the use of gold.

Donnadoll said...

Beautiful watercolour.

Karen O'Byrne said...

I love poinsettias and and I love what you' ex done with yours.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful card! TFS

sherry said...

I would love to see a tutorial video on how you made this card. I love the dimension, and overall design!!

Tammie said...

Gorgeous card! Wonderful layering and coloring! I'm getting excited to start my Christmas cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

Jeannine Douglas said...

Beautiful card - love the colors.

Michelle N said...

Lovely! and adore the inlay style.

Deni(se) said...

What an original idea! Love the coloring on the poinsettia too. Must try this.

Carolee McCaslin said...

What a BEAUTIFUL card!!

idonails said...

Beautiful!!! I love the dimension

kathy s said...

beautiful card- love poinsettias this is so elegant- thanks for sharing

Ger said...

Love the vivid colouring on this gorgeous card! Ger x

Joyously Noelle said...

Stunning poinsettia!

Sue D said...

Beautiful! I like your coloring and the inlaid die technique.

Colorado Crafter said...

Beautiful card!!! I really like that poinsettia stamp!!

sandyh said...

i love having the flower cut out and place inside the die cut! nice to see the colored card stock around it!

Jeanine said...

Beautiful card, I like the card base showing through!

Jeanine said...

Beautiful card, I like the card base showing through!

jonim52 said...

gorgeous poinsettias

Sandra Schroeder said...

I love the technique you used on this card...it gives such nice dimension. Very beautiful card.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card. Love how vibrant and
Christmasy it is.

Ruby N said...

oh my, stunning!

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