Monday, January 10, 2011

2011 Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop

Hi! Welcome to the first day of a week-long Blog Hop featuring the Hero Arts Hostesses showcasing the new 2011 Hero Arts stamps!  I am so honored to be part of this group of amazing ladies.  You should have arrived from the talented Kelly Booth's blog.  If not, and you'd like to start at the very beginning, go to the Hero Arts Blog for a listing of all those blogs participating.  I hear there will be some prizes!
I've made 3 cards for you today, so let's get started.


I thought it would be fun to make a clear card.  The flowers from the new BLOSSOM ART set remind me a little bit of pansies, and so they were stamped on yellow and periwinkle, and the leaves on green cardstock, cut out, embossed with dots, then stacked.  The acetate card was stamped with the Flourish Background.  The sentiment is from a new clear set called SENDING SMILES MESSAGES.  It was stamped on a die-cut embossed tag which was framed in dark periwinkle inside the front of the acetate card to hide the adhesive. 

Supplies:  clear acetate as card base, white, periwinkle, yellow and green cardstocks, Hero Arts CL495 BLOSSOM ART, CL490 SENDING SMILES MESSAGES, CG119 Flourish Background, K4923 Pattern Flowers (smallest flower), Versafine onyx black and StazOn Cotton White inks, Sizzix swiss dot embossing folder, Cuttlebug die-cut and embossed tag, blue and gold pearls


This card started with my most wanted new stamp of 2011, called MUSICAL COLLAGE.  It has a bird in the right hand corner, but for this card I decided to cover it with some more of the BLOSSOM ART flowers.  They were stamped in brown ink on pink cardstock (and centered with a rolled rose), and the leaves, also in the set, on green cardstock.  The Musical Collage was stamped in the same ink on a creamy parchment paper, and distressed lightly with victorian velvet, bundled sage, and antique linen distress inks.  Then I simply added the beautiful dusty pink hand-dyed seam binding (a gift from a very special Hostess), some delicate lace, and the sentiment from last year's clear set called Just Find Me, dotted with a pink pearl. 

Supplies:  cream parchment and green cardstocks, Lasting Impressions Guava Checks and BoBunny Passion Fruit Dot (rolled flower) designer papers, Palette Burnt Umber ink, victorian velvet, bundled sage, and antique linen distress inks, HA S5501 MUSICAL COLLAGE, CL495 BLOSSOM ART, CL434 Just Find Me, hand-dyed seam binding, PTI button, lace, CH173 Heart Accent pink pearl


And for my final card today, I used this adorable woodblock stamp called IT'S A PARADE.  It was stamped twice (to get the correct length for the card) on parchment cardstock, then framed with various designer papers and put onto a kraft card.    I added the sentiment from a SparkleClear Messages set, and a heart button and twine to finish.

Supplies: parchment and kraft cardstock, designer papers from October Afternoon Thrift Shop and Cosmo Cricket Togetherness mini albums, HA G5469 IT'S A PARADE, CL131 Sparkle Clear Messages, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Memories red to edge sentiment label, Nesties one label, twine, red heart button

Thank you so much for taking the time today to visit my blog.  Please leave a comment because every comment left along the hop gives you a chance to win new Hero Arts 2011 stamps! 

Now I'll send you along to the next stop on our hop, the sweet Lisa Carroll's blog - I know she has created something wonderful  for you.   If you get lost along the way, or if a link doesn't work, you can always go back to the Hero Arts Blog for the master list of blog links.  Also, please email tami@heroarts.com and provide the blog address that has the bad link so we can fix it. Thanks and happy hopping!

 Hero Arts Hostess 2009

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Susanne said...

Lin, your cards are just beautiful. Love all of them.
Hugs Susanne

wildjenna said...

Your cards are so nice i like at most the first.

Sharon Jane said...

So many great ideas! Just stunning.....

Kryssi said...

beautiful flowers! this really is your niche!!

Jen W. said...

What a fabulous trio of stamps - each so different! I especially love the vellum card - those flourishes are perfect.

Linda said...

that is one gorgeous beauty of a clear card! love your ideas!

Unknown said...

Beautiful cards! my fav is the purple one, such a beauty!

Anna K. said...

Great texture on these! I love the combo of the silhouettes and text print.

Ger said...

Gorgeous! love the acetate card. Ger x.

Karen said...

Hi I just love all of your cards

Teresa W. said...

Beautiful cards, Lin! You have showcased the new stamps so well that I put all the stamps you used on my wish list. Thanks for your inspiration. I love the clear card!!!

Caryl @ cinnamon holiday workshop said...

Amazing cards...Lin!! My favorite is the first one with the embossed dots...nice touch!!

Deb Lorence said...

Your cards are gorgeous Lin! Love the pink flower on second one!

Anonymous said...

Great cards!

Suzanne Bouchard said...

I love your creations. The collage of diferent papers goes very well with all the stamps you used. You have a unique style! Bravo!

Sarah Anderson said...

THese are all lovely cards Lin but my favourite is the parade! The image is perfect with the paper and colour combo you chose. FaNTaSTiC!

auntiemaryann said...

thanks for the inspiration! i have some of that funky paper and some heart buttons. i'm going to do my take on your great card! m.a.

Canonbury creations said...

Love your cards Lin especially the soft pink one with the fabulous flower! Great colour combo for the silhouette stamp very original.

Linda aka Oz said...

it took me 3 days to scroll down far enough to leave this message..hehe

Lin my dear, every time I pick up a stamp or piece of paper with any kind of music design on it, I think of you. Fondly.
Fabulous work Lin. Oz

Bel said...

The acetate card is just gorgeous. Love the embossing on it, too.

Cheryl J said...

Hi Lin ... my first time to your blog and boy am I glad I stopped. Your clear card is genious!! Love that idea. And your card with the Blossom Art flower is just beautiful. I'm just going to have to break down and get that one. Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration.

Michelle said...

Wow! How gorgeous! I love that children on parade stamp! That's a gotta have! Thanks for sharing!

brenda said...

These are so amazing! I especially love the clear card.

Marion said...

Your pink 3D flower is just beautiful!

Unknown said...

I love the soft pink card with the musical collage stamp! Fabulous job ;D

Karen said...

Gorgeous cards. I must have those flowers. Thanks for enabling me.

DustyPenny (Joy Ott) said...

Beautiful cards, Lin! I really like the pink one!

Sarah said...

These are lovely cards!

Aimee said...

I love all your cards. Just gorgeous!!

Faith Maupin said...

LOVE the It's a Parade card! Nice, nice, NICE!

Arlene B. said...

Beautiful cards, love the parade, I can just see a few kids doing just that :)

Anonymous said...

Your cards are fantastic. I really like the flower ones though, they look so delicate.

larsenelaina@bellsouth.net

Meghan said...

The It's a Parade card is soooo cute!

Marsha said...

I really love all 3 of these! That parade stamp is going on my wish list.

Gail said...

Your beautiful cards have made my day. I especially love your flowers.

mimijudy1975 said...

i look so forward to seeing your cards,Lin. i love how you use many different techniques .The Musical Collage card is gorgeous with the beautiful mauve ribbon and layered flower with the rolled center.I always enjoy the inspiration you give us with Hero Arts Stamps.

luvmysilhouette said...

No Surprise here the cards are lovely Lin as usual...Wonderful job...

Jan in Tucson said...

Lin, I LOVE your style. BEAUTIFUL!!

Lee Anne said...

Lin, these are beautiful! I love the flowers and the embossing you did!

Tracey said...

Oh Lin!!! You totally nailed this one!!! EAch card is so unique and beautiful!! LOVE them all!!! Hugs, TRace

Trinh said...

Gorgeous cards, Lin! I love the paper-piecing and how you combined the stamps with different PPs. Great job!

Anonymous said...

Love the musical collage card--I'll have to get that stamp. Your cards are all amazing.
wanda

Lindsey said...

Beautiful cards!!

jintyoo7 said...

Beautiful, Lin. Perfect colours to start with and lovely stamping on acetate. The flowers are so pretty and I just love the text parade together, with the very cute heart button :o)

Anonymous said...

Lin, I don't think I can choose a favourite! I love them all! The acetate card was just simple but pure genius! Thanks so much for sharing!

Iris said...

Love love love them! The clear card is gorgeous and love the colors on the second one and the third, love your repeating of the stamp! Makes is look fab!

Little T said...

Very cool!

Life On the Scrappy Side Store said...

wonderful cards! I just adore the marching children tfs!
Barbara

Steph said...

Such beautifully detailed cards! I absolutely love the first one!

One Scrappy Gal said...

Beautiful cards! Where did you get the background for the parade card? Is it a stamp or patterned paper. I love it!

Linda w said...

I really liked all of your cards but the clear card really caught my attention. Great work.

stamping on...

Clare G said...

Just beautiful....I love that Musical collage stamp too. The acetate card is so wonderful!

Cynthia Baldwin said...

Beautiful floral cards, and my favorite is the card using the It's a Parade image - love it!

jill said...

Nice....love the pink flower!!!!

Imapaperlover said...

I love your cards Lin! Gorgeous flowers and you just bring them to life!

Janell Kunze said...

Great use of texture in the "Thinking of you card". This card is my favorite, love the "see through" nature of it. Fun!

Raven said...

Such lovely cards.

Anonymous said...

oh these are so cute! I need to try that clear card ...I just love em but dont have any...u gave me the nudge today! and luv your blog...very very pretty work you do...delish I say! xo cher
hilly77 at comcast dot net

Cardcrafter said...

Beautiful, as always, Lin! I love your cards and your talent really shines through. Thank you!

Ann Marie said...

That dusty rose card is so delicate, and elegant, and BEAUTIFUL, love it!

Janet Lindstrom said...

I really love the combination of soft colors in the "smile" card, so pretty!

Nora said...

Great cards. The first one is so elegant. I liked the way you layered all the elements. Thank you.

karen said...

These are just beautiful i love your style

Anonymous said...

Just love these beautiful cards! thanks for the inspiration.
Karen Kuschel

Larissa Heskett said...

What un colors and designs!! I THANKS you so much for sharing and I can't wait to see more!! Have a FABULOUS DAY!! =)

Tejal said...

I love the acetate card..it truly is wonderful..love the colors and the second card..simply stunning!!
Thank you for sharing wonderful inspiration!!

sue Andrew said...

Oh you clever lady your cards are just beyond beautiful!!! Come and live in my craft room so I can pick your brain LOL xxx

Karen said...

These are all great, I love that you added the little dry embossed dots to the flowers on the first card!

Greta said...

I always love your cards, Lin, but the first one today is extra special! Love it!

Kimba's Kreations said...

These cards are SIMPLY THE BEST!!
You have done an incredible job Lin!!!

Lisaa728 said...

Fantastic job on the cards! I am going to have to pull out the acetate and make a clear card! You are such an inspiration!

Dawn T said...

Lin- three most amazing inspirational cards. love your middle card flower... what a great idea to use a rolled rose in the centre,... makes it super special. Love the bright flowers on your clear card... are stunningly eye-catching. And the combo on your final card is superb.

Anna-Karin said...

Wow, these cards are just gorgeous Lin!! Lovely details, colors and design. I was just wondering if I should get the Blossom Art set, and now I definitely will!! Thanks for sharing!

Arlene said...

So lovely - each card a delight and unique.

Robyn said...

All the cards are great! Especially liked the color scheme on the parade of children card -- it really complimented the silhouette well.

Message Keeper said...

Oh, Lin! Your 'parade' card just amazing! Paired with those patterned papers, it is just fabulous! Never really thought that this stamp could make such a beautiful card!

jaemom said...

I'm just enjoying this hop because you ladies are so amazing! Love these signature Lin-style cards; the pansies are just so pretty... LOVE that musical collage with flowers!! Would never have thought to cover the bird, but what a completely different effect! Gorgeous colors. Love the train of parading children, so sweet.

kyhunter said...

3 great cards, Lin. I especially like the first and last one.

Katherine said...

Pretty cards!

Pat G said...

Your cards are amazing.

Leni said...

Hi Lin, love your cards! The soft pink one is my favourite!

Joy said...

What can I say Lin, but you have brought such elegance to all your gorgeous cards, I absolutely adore each and everyone, thanks for sharing so many wonderful and fabulous creations.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! I'm enjoying all the great cards and ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Ellie Knol said...

I LOVE all of your cards, but the second one with that beautiful music background is so adorable. That stamp was on my wish-list when I went to the Hero Arts pre-launch party, but I've decided to buy others!! Can you believe it ... what a pity for me now... LOL

Anne said...

That pink card with the musical collage stamp is stunning!

Anonymous said...

I love your card using the It's a Parade stamp. The sentiment is perfect!

Kath Stewart said...

wow lin...you have well and truly rocked the blog hop...thanks for sharing your wonderful inspiration with us all...hugs kath xxx

slbt17 said...

amazing cards! I love the texture on the first one - they are all fabulous!
Sandra ltb

Andrea said...

What great cards!

Laurie Patterson said...

Very, Very nice. I loved the distressed card with the musical background.

Michelle W said...

Lin, I love all 3 of your cards. I found myself catching my breath as each one was revealed.

Marla said...

Such lovely Lin cards! I think I will have to get that musical collage stamp, too, after seeing what you've done with it!

stlbarb said...

First I loved the acetate card, then I loved the parade!! Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Love the cards. I have the musical collage stamp thanks for reminding me that not all of the stamp needs to show - adds to the variety of cards to make. I also loved the clear card.
Thanks for sharing.
Sharon in Dayton

Anonymous said...

Your cards are gorgeous !

Emily Leiphart said...

You've outdone yourself with each card shown, Lin! The acetate card is amazing and I love the vintage style of the second but the third card is my favourite. I love those little kids!

pcm said...

what fun cards!

Princess said...

Enjoying the hop. Thanks for sharing three cards. Love your color choices. The parade is my favorite. Love the little die with sentiment. Colors are fabulous. Adorable.

Christiana said...

All three of these are just fantastic! Each one very different in style, but equally beautiful.

Suzana said...

Stamps in your hands, the change in miracles!

ConnieB said...

Very pretty, love job!!TFS....

Shanna said...

You're so talented Lin! Love that parade card to pieces! Made me smile!

Denise Bryant said...

Great cards! I love the dimension on the flowers!
DeniseB

Nathalie said...

Wow Lin, I love what you have added to the flower, it really makes it pop.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous cards but I'm very partial to the silhouette kids! Just charming! TFS!
Pam Going Postal

Ms. ArtsyLin said...

Love the Smile card. warm and sweet. nice flower u created. =)

any63 said...

bonjour de la France,
it's very beautiful,your cards are amazing

Allison Cope said...

Stunning cards Lin! Love the colours you chose!

Jessica said...

Beautiful cards! I MUST have the It's a Parade card! TFS

Susanne said...

Such beautiful cards you created, wow! I really love those flowers, must get my hands on them ;-) Thanks for the fun!
Susanne

Ruby said...

Awesome! Love the acetate card and the way you chose to hide the adhesive! The colors are fabulous....it does look pansy-like! The soft colors on the second card are gorgeous. I love the flower, the bow with the button center and the way you dotted that "i" in Smile! The last card is as cute as it can be. I've never worked on parchment paper. Your work is just terrific!

Amy Schumacher said...

Wonderful cards! Such beautiful details! Excellent use of backgrounds, too!

Anonymous said...

Love your cards Lin...

digideb said...

Love that parade - I'm kind of partial to kraft paper. And you've convinced me to try a clear card creation. TFS.

Peggy said...

Oh this is so much fun and all of your cards are so great. The list of must haves just continues to grow.

Sue McRae said...

Gorgeous cards Lin and love the design of your silhouette card!

mtscrapgal said...

Your cards are gorgeous-such style. Thanks for the excellent use of the HA stamps.

Cassi said...

i love your use of "it's a parade." what a great job!

Kat said...

What beautiful cards. Great inspiration from all the hostesses.

Kat x

KMK said...

Beautiful cards. Especially love the one on acetate and those flowers do look like pansies!

Victoria said...

Your cards are so me! Very inspiring especially the second one!!!!! I love distress ink and distressing everything. Your flower is spectacular!! Also love your other 2 cards. Your first one has such amazing texture! Your third parade is terrific! Love the use of old words on cards, stamped or books! Tfs!!

Barbara V said...

Your work is fantastic! Such a variety of cards and ideas. Thanks!!

Barb K said...

Wonderful cards - especially like the "pansy" one done on acrylic - I will be attempting to CASE that one! Really unique.

JoyceP said...

Wow. I love your use of texture - makes the cards so much more interesting - great job!

Brenda P said...

Lin, I loved the slightly distressed look of your cards. Great job!

Flo said...

You're cards are great but I especially like the pink one. The dimensions and the colors are pretty.

Caroline said...

Hi Lin, I really like your use of the parade stamp. When I saw it in the catalog, I couldn't quite figure out what I would do with. YOu are a genius!

Playing with Paper said...

I just love your cards Lin!! I think I need to have that parade stamp hehehehehehe so cute!!

Pat Castillo said...

What cute cards...love the parade one! :)

Mari said...

I'm loving the acetate ideas! Gorgeous work!

Karin R. said...

I love the soft muted shades on your cards.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cards

Unknown said...

Hi Lin great cards!

Lynn (toomanycrayons) said...

Wonderful cards. The clear was is really pretty with the bright flowers against the clear background.

Angie said...

Lin, your cards are just beautiful! You are so talented, and HA knew just what they were doing in picking you as a hostess. I love you blog and will definetely be back to visit very soon. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!
Sincerely,
Angie

Vicki Dutcher said...

Beautiful cards - love that acetate one the best~

Kimberli Sarsfield said...

I love your sweet, soft, vintage look! Beautiful cards.

Petra said...

Tolle werke gibt es hier zu sehen.
Eines schöner als das andere.

Lynne said...

Very nice inspiration.

Nellie Foley said...

I love your cards...especially the music collage:) Can't wait to try this stamp!

wendee said...

gorgeous cards. Thanks

Tammie Koehnen said...

Great cards! LOVE the second vintage one with soft pinks, just gorgeous. The parade one reminded me of childhood memories. Sweet. Thanks for the ideas/inspiration.

Sandy Ang said...

Beautiful cards. The handmade flowers are gorgeous

Alice said...

such pretty designs and colors! wonderful cards, LIn!

Wendy said...

Beautiful work...I love the idea of clear cards!

Kathy Martin said...

345 comments! Wow! Thanks forvstopping by today! Love that you have an old skeleton key from your childhood home! Those are the best treasures!

Kristina MacKeen said...

Wonderful cards. I like how you used the bird's tail as a rose stem in the second card.

Anonymous said...

Your cards are lovely and such an inspiration to me

Vicky said...

Brilliant cards, amazing textures...but my very favourite is the last card, such a sweet, vintage feel.

mdog said...

I absolutely love the clear card. I love how you embossed the flowers. I must give this a try. Lovely!

gardener said...

Yikes, what great cards. You have given me a number of new ideas. Love the collage look of the background for the gorgeous pink flower card. Super, super, super. thanks

Atticelf said...

Those are really wonderful. I especially like the last one.

sandyh said...

love the cards! the blossoms stamps offer a lot of versatility.
sandyh

BeuryS said...

what wonderful cards, and the embossing on the flowers, terrific!

Pam said...

Wow! These cards are stunning! Love the flowers , the music, the parade is fabulous!

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Great cards.

Will said...

Love the clear one, and the flower one AND the parade one! Love 'em all!

Anonymous said...

Lin,
I enjoyed looking at your cards. I especially
like the first one as I just got a new embossing
machine, so you gave me a few new ideas to use
it. Thanks so much....

bbuss
buss@ncn.net

nancy said...

Your cards are beautiful!

Sharon said...

Your cards are lovely Lin. I have to purchase the parade stamp, I just love how you used it! Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

Your cards are lovely! I really enjoyed your blog and will be checking back! Thanks for sharing! :)
Donna
So Cal

Kim Faucher said...

Wow, so many great ideas ... you ladies have been so busy... thanks for sharing these!

Donna said...

Stunning, everyone of them!! I love the flowers on your thinking of you card!! Thank you for sharing!

The Paper Pundit said...

Love the ideas!

Aparna said...

Such lovely cards--I especially love the acetate card, the colors and embossing really pop! TFS-Aparna (aparnasaini (at) gmail (dot) com)

Kristina said...

Very Pretty.

Carey said...

I love the vintage look of your blog and your cards. Beautiful!

Emilia said...

I love what you created. The cards are stunning! What a great idea to cover the bird and create a beautiful 3-D flower. I have just received that flower stamp and I cannot wait to play with it.

Ohana in Bend said...

what beautiful cards. i wasn't sure i wanted the silhouette stamps but i like how you used the children walking. thanks!

Bonnie said...

The card with the clear front is just too clever.

Kristin said...

Love the cards. Great job!!

Janelle said...

What a great idea to hide the bird on the musical collage. That simple idea has opened up a whole new list of uses for just that stamp. It is now on my list of must haves for 2011. Thanks for the inspiration.

Vee P said...

Beautiful cards! My absolute favorite is 'its a parade!'

Vina said...

Love your elegant cards!!

Laura.K said...

gorgeous cards. I love that parade stamp. So sweet.

Thanks for so much fun.

Unknown said...

loved the pink flowers!

Sabine said...

I love the transparent card - so elegant!

Unknown said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. They are really pretty. Well done!

Marie-Anne said...

You've made such fab cards.

Marie-Anne

Agata said...

Happy hopping, indeed!!! Love your creations Lin!

Jen Harrison said...

very beautiful cards!

Piali said...

Beautiful cards!!! Love the music background card...the flower is so pretty!!
TFS!!

Kelly Sroka said...

I just love your cards! I am finding it very difficult to pick a favorite. I love the clear card, the color scheme on the pink card, and the paper and stamp you used on the third card. Great work!

Robin Cooper said...

I love your cards! I'm sold on the musical collage!

Karin Åkesdotter said...

WOW!!! Your cards are FANTASTIC! Love them all!

Unknown said...

As usual Lin I love your cards, they are always pretty and always so creative, you just have that wonderful touch, I always can get inspiration from your Photo stream when stuck, you are just a great artist in designing your cards!!
Love your stamps that you used as well, I got quite a few new ones but that flower set I think is another I will have to invest in!!
Thanks much,
Donna

InspiredApple said...

Beautiful cards!

Nona said...

Gorgeous cards, Lin! Thanks for sharing :)

Sam F said...

Absolutely love the "It's a Parade" card!!

Elaine said...

Love your acetate card - beautiful!

patscrap said...

Beautiful cards ! My favorites are the musical collage and the silhouette.

Carol said...

Absolutely fabulous card creations! I am loving seeing all the new stamps in action!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Darla said...

I love your flower card, it is truly gorgeous!

Debbie F. said...

I think you must be the queen of layering! So nice!

Vicki said...

I love how you embossed your flowers!!

Sondra Krastins said...

I love the way you sandwiched the acetate between the two pieces of cardstock so the adhesive doesn't show. What a cute card!

Sue said...

Love your work will keep looking at your blog!

Sam B said...

I can see I'm in trouble with this blog hop - so far I want ALL the stamps featured! Love your projects too, especially the one with the musical background stamp! Awesome, TFS.

Yaritza said...

Loved the acetate card. Thanks for sharing.

ChrisM said...

Lin, those are some nice cards. The dots gave some nice textur on that first cards.

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