Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hero Hostess Reunion Blog Hop!


Welcome to Day 2 of our Hop, featuring stamps from the new 2016 release and Winter Catalog!  

From 2009 - 2012, Hero Arts put together classes of 4 to 8 "Hero Hostesses" for a 4-month term.  Our job was to make people feel welcome in the Hero Arts Flickr group, and to contribute our work using Hero Arts stamps.  There ended up being 36 of us before the program was discontinued, and as we were a kind of crafting sorority, we coined "sista" as the name we called each other.  I treasure these ladies, and have a soft spot in my heart for each of them and Hero Arts.  I am so excited to be reunited with my Hostess sisters again this year, and I thank Hero Arts for enabling this reunion!  

You should have arrived here from the amazing Kathy Racoosin's blog.  If you want to start from the beginning of today's hop, just visit the Hero Arts Blog to get our lineup. 

I love their birds this year, so I chose 2 bird sets, Vintage Christmas Post and Color Layering Cardinal, and made 2 cards with each set.



supplies: white and red cardstock, Hero Arts Vintage Christmas Post, Ombre Green, Wet Cement, old paper, and Onyx Black inks, Joy Stamp & Cut die and matching stamps

I love the faint script in this set and stamped it randomly all over my panel before adding my other elements.  I used my mini Misti and Jennifer McGuire's tutorial for mirror stamping to make a 2nd cardinal, and then colored them as a male and female.  We always see cardinal couples together at our feeders, and they add such lovely color to our dull winters!  

My 2nd card with this set is much more CAS in design.  I paired it with one of my all-time Hero Arts sentiment sets, which is sadly retired.  When you listen to cardinals outside, "Cheer, Cheer, Cheer" is one of their songs, so I thought this sentiment was a good one.



supplies: white and red cardstock, Vintage Christmas Post, (retired) Miracle of the Holidays sentiment, Punch ink, evergreen bough distress ink, snowflake stencil and modelling paste, Prisma glitter, adhesive foam squares

My next cards use the fabulous Color Layering Cardinal.



supplies: white and green cardstock, acetate panel, watercolor wash design paper, Hero Arts Color Layering Cardinal and Beauty of the Season woodblock stamp, schoolhouse red, fired brick, and aged mahogany inks, pine branch die, Winter Flurry snowflake embossing folder, sparkling clear sequins, adhesive foam squares

Isn't this multi-step stamp amazing?  And it's not hard at all to line everything up.  I used 3 different red inks and my misti to stamp him, then fussy-cut him and set him aside.  Starting with a white card folded at the top, I trimmed and added a blue watercolor wash design paper.  Next I embossed a piece of acetate with the snowflake folder, trimmed it, leaving about an inch at the top, scored it close to the design, and then secured it to the card with double-stick tape on the back.  To finish I cut the pine branches and stamped and trimmed my sentiment, and added them to the front of the card over the acetate.  And lastly the cardinal was popped above everything else, and I sprinkled on a few sequins for sparkle.  I think this sentiment would work for all seasons, not just for winter/Christmas!

I liked the way the snowflakes looked with him, so I made another card using the same embossing folder, and this time I used more of the accessory stamps in the set, and added a woodgrain panel. 



supplies: white cardstock, board dp, Hero Arts Color Layering Cardinal stamp set and Joy die, Pale Tomato, Red Royal, and Raspberry Jam red inks, Ombre green ink, Winter Flurry embossing folder, adhesive foam squares

Hero Arts is offering TWO $25.00 shopping sprees to our hop readers!  One will be chosen from those who comment on the blogs along yesterday's hop and one from those in today's hop, and there will also be a bonus prize chosen from comments left at the Hero Arts blog on each day!  The more commenting you do, the better your chances - deadline for commenting is Sunday, Oct. 30, by 11:59 pm Pacific time.

Now it's time to hop on over to my friend Linda Wetterlin's blog - I know you'll love what she's made for today!  

Here's the list for today's hop, in case you get lost:


Lin Brandyberry  - that's me!

158 comments:

Shelley C said...

You have captured a vintage Christmas!! Beautiful cards.

Kailash said...

Such stunning cards Lin, each of your card designs are beautifully crafted, love that first one ( it looks like a piece of artwork ready to be framed:-)))))

Unknown said...

Lin, these are lovely - hard to pick a favorite, but I think the color combo in the second card speaks to me most (color nut that I am)!

~amy~ said...

Lin! Way to rock the cardinal...your cards are beautiful!

StampinLouie said...

Gorgeous! Love the layout and the JOY die. I just ordered the Joy stamp and cut!

Teresa Doyle said...

Oh Lin, these are outstanding! What amazing cards.

jeannieob said...

Very classy card, love Hero Arts products!

Unknown said...

Beautiful cards!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Wow Lin - just love your quartet of cardinal cards!! All amazing but I especially love the look of the one with the embossed acetate. Will definitely have to try that technique! So great hopping with you - you are a hard act to follow though LOL!!

Robin P said...

Wow, they are all just beautiful. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent!

CinnamonSally said...

Your cardinals are beautiful Lin, fabulous cards!

Cynthia said...

So sweet of you to add a female cardinal to the mix. ⛄

angie said...

lovely - I really like the cardinal pair

Russell Productions said...

Put those cardinals to work. Great job.

pcm said...

wonderful cardinals!

MammaLostHerMarbles said...

The acetate background is a very cool idea...I wouldn't have thought of that.

SD pooja said...

Each one of the cards is awesome !

slang said...

The acetate embossing is an amazing touch. Love these cards.

Leanne in Cali said...

Beautiful ideas! Love what you've done with the cardinal and all of your fabulous backgrounds. Thanks for sharing on the blog hop!!

Debbie Rumpza said...

My favorite thing about each of your cards is the background and the way you created each peace with multilayers. So beautiful. Love the scripty background stamp. I think I need that!

Unknown said...

What beautiful cards, especially the Joy to the World card!

Kim Faucher said...

Wow, 4 stunning layered and stamped cards. So inspired to start Christmas cards now!

Leslie said...

Love the embossed acetate. Thank you for sharing!

Elaine said...

Beautiful cardinal cards!

Suzanne C said...

Lin your cards are so beautiful! I love how they all have a warm rustic old fashioned Christmas charm. Very happy to be hopping along with you and the Hostess crew!

Lindar C said...

It never occurred to me to emboss acetate, it's beautiful. The cardinal layering stamp is becoming one of my favorites.

FeM said...

Your cards are beautiful.

Daria Z. said...

Wow, Lin! These are all beautiful, but my fave is the first - love the female cardinal.

paperpicnic said...

So much gorgeousness here, Lin! Every card is equally beautiful and wonderful! As a fellow bird lover, with a fondness for the cardinals at our feeder, I love how you were inspired by your own feathered friends!

Sherry said...

love, love, love your cards!! love that cardinal!

Chris Handy said...

Love the double birds card. So lovely

Lindsay S said...

Love the vintage double bird card!

Unknown said...

Such beautiful cards, Lin! I love cardinals, too. When the leaves are all off the tress, the bright red birds look like Christmas ornaments against the landscape! And so do your cardinals. I can't pick a fave....all just gorgeous:) Love all the textures and techniques.

Sherri Clifford said...

I love the cardinals! Your cards are gorgeous!

Virginia L. said...

Brilliant job, Lin! Love that you showcased this awesome cardinal set and I love the inspiration that you provide!! Each one of them is well-balanced and composed! Thank you also for helping me organize this hop. I wouldn't have done it without you! Happy hugs!

Beverly said...

These cards are absolutely gorgeous! These cardinals are so festive-looking, and you showcased them beautifully!

Anonymous said...

Oh my - impossible to chose a favorite among these beauties! Thank you so much for sharing them with us! I will be saving your examples to spark creativity for future Christmas cardmaking sessions!

cissi said...

Beautiful cards and brautiful birds!

Florenciel said...

Très astucieux l'acétate embossé. Ma p est la dernière avec le fond en bois

Barbara said...

Wow! I just love all your cards. You've showcased some of my new favorite Hero Arts stamps and I think I really need to get shopping!

Sandy said...

My gosh They are all my favorites

Cat Craig said...

For me, Cardinals = winter and holiday time. I so love that you included a mama cardinal and not just the handsome papa's.

Arlene said...

What beauties. I love all the cards, so elegant and sharp. I'm afraid my list for more goodies is growing.

So happy to be part of this fab hop.

Cathy said...

I love how you did the mirror image & created a female cardinal! Absolutely adorable! Great inspiration, thanks

Melynn said...

Each of the cards are quite beautiful. I must admit the first one really appeals to me in so many ways-love the mirror image, the colors and the message. Gorgeous.

Birte - CardArtStudio.com said...

My favourite is that last cardinal card. I'm really enjoying this blog hop.

Carol Ric said...

Gorgeous cards. I love the cardinal set. tfs

Sue McRae said...

Each bird card is just a delight Lin! I love the rustic feel of the last card with the wood grain panel.

MOI said...

Beautiful cards. Love the cardinals. Thank you for sharing

cghundley said...

Gorgeous cards and
I love the acetate
card! Looks so
pretty with the
embossing.
Carla from Utah

Satori said...

Wonderful projects!

Becca Yahrling said...

Oh, I just love Cardinals. We get a few here during the winter (in So. FL) & I just love looking for them. Your cards are all fabulous, lovely designs.

Unknown said...

Beautiful cards! The embossed acetate is stunning. Thank you for the inspiration.

MelissaF said...

Your cardinal cards are stunning, the embossed snowflakes on acetate looks awesome, and I love the woodgrain panel too. Gorgeous!

Nikki said...

Absolutely beautiful cards!

Carol D said...

I just love your cards - the look is classic and beautiful!

Unknown said...

Wow .... absolutely beautiful cards! Love all the cardinals! :)

Cathy A said...

Utterly gorgeous cards Lin x

Diane said...

Beautiful, classy cards! Love those birds. I haven't tried the mirror image technique but I sure want to try now. Thanks for the inspiration.

Peculiaris said...

These are so gorgeous! The cardinals are so sweet and the two stamp sets really complement each other. Love the different backgrounds, so beautiful!

D Q said...

So pretty, I especially love the Joy to the World card.

Barb said...

Wow, Lin! Each one of your cards is amazing! The different designs you've come up with using those bird sets are wonderful! It's been so fun reuniting with you and all the hosti! Hugs! ♥

Unknown said...

Awesome cards. Love the 2 bird card. The Vintage Christmas Post is on my wish list. Thank you for sharing your fantastic ideas.

stampingandstitching said...

Oh Lin, you have created such wonderful cardinal cards! Brilliant designs and I love all the special details you have on each and every card! Unfortunately we don't have cardinals here so I didn't realise the female has different colouring - your one looks so pretty! It's been so much fun hopping with you again :)

Dee Earnshaw said...

Wow, your cardinal cards are just gorgeous - thanks you for sharing them with us:)

Unknown said...

Love that yellowy cardinal the best!

Sabrina said...

Your cards are so lovely and the the birds are so beautiful!!

Unknown said...

Love the cardinals on your cards. Simply beautiful.

Bunny Dobbie said...

Oh beautiful! This is the first time I've seen anyone colour one of the cardinals as the female. It's stunning! We get pairs nesting in our cedar hedge every year also. Gorgeous cards!

Emily Leiphart said...

All of these cards are amazing, Lin! Your first card with the mirrored cardinal really blew me away. I love how you coloured the female and that set is on my wish list. It’s been so fun hopping with all my hostess sisters again!

Barbie said...

Your cards are great, I especially love the woodgrain panel.

Judie said...

Beautiful cards! Love the script in the background of the first card!

Mary Holshouser said...

The cardinals are fantastic.
Love the different pieces of
greenery that they are sitting on.
thanks for sharing some wonderful
cards.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

The coloring on the Cardinals is wonderful. Each one a distinct amazing difference in the look.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Nandini said...

The cards are really gorgeous. I am falling in love with the Cardinal set!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Pretty cards. TFS

Betty said...

fantastic cards Lin - especially love the first two!

joy said...

Such beautiful creations!! Love "Joy" cards, of course!

Unknown said...

L-O-V-E the first card!

gabriella said...

What a beautiful collection of cards

LaVon Hall said...

I love them all, Lin! I like the idea of the embossed acetate, but I thought the second version was just as beautiful. Always love your creations.

A said...

Wow such intricate artwork!

cm said...

You've set my festive spirit a-flame with your gorgeous cardinal cards! WOW!
~carol

bev p said...

I love watching the cardinals in my backyard! Yours are beautiful. Thank you.

Andrea Shell said...

Beautiful cards! I love the layering cardinal set!

Nancy K said...

Oh my goodness, Lin, your cards are amazing! I love the beautiful embossed detail you added! I loved reading your description of our hostess sisterhood, i feel the same!

Cindy C. said...

Oh wow these cards featuring the lovely birds are awesome!! I especially like the one with the embossed acetate!! Thanks for the inspirations!

Unknown said...

Such a gorgeous set of cards, Lin. It's a hard choice but I think your first is my favourite: SO pretty :-).

Judy said...

A very pretty collection of cards Lin. Each one is so lovely. Thanks for sharing with us.

Judy Tuck said...

Beautiful assortment of cards Lin. They are very unique!

donna mikasa said...

Sista Lin! Fabulous, fabulous cards! So many have enabled me to get that cardinal stamp set. It's been so fun getting together for this reunion! Sistas forever!

Sue D said...

Beautiful cardinal cards!

Tam said...

All the cards are beautiful but the first one is so gorgeous. I love that look.

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous cards! Love the pretty cardinals!

Shirley N said...

Beautiful card designs Lin! Your backgrounds are all so lovely.

Tiffany Ervin said...

Awwww, my precious Lin!! Your designs are the epitome of the holiday season, right on point with colors and festive appeal! Have always loved your style of embossing and layering! So glad to be joining you again this year!

Crafty Little Peach said...

Oh these are just beautiful! TFS

Kathy (krolski) said...

Lin, I love each and every card! Your cardinals are beautiful and all the different designs are so creative. Thanks again for all you've done to help with the hop! It's been such fun to hop with you again! :)

Linda said...

The cardinal has become my favorite. Your cards are beautiful.

Janet D. said...

Love your cards, just gorgeous!!

Shelly said...

Oooh, these are beautiful!

Christy Q said...

Wow - your cards are just incredible!! The cardinals are just striking, I love the first card where you used a mirror image. What a way to stretch your stamps!

Carolee McCaslin said...

Your cards are wonderful!!!

Lisa Elton said...

These are beautiful Lin, I especially LOVE the first one!!

Kelly Harms said...

LOVE the vintage feel of your first card - just beautiful!

Abby said...

Nice cards!

Sheila H said...

Wow, you rocked these cards!

stampwithsandy said...

All your cardinal cards are stunning! You've sold me on both of these sets. Cardinals are one of my favorite holiday images.

Kelly Booth said...

Amazing Lin!!! Love that cardinal...I have him at home and can't wait to ink him up!! xoxoxoxox

Unknown said...

Sweet birds! Nice!

cindybearj said...

I love these cardinal cards, especially the little boy and girl! I also love that background and the acetate that was embossed. Truly fabulous cards!

Denisefabric@gmail.com said...

I love the Cardinals cards. Great job!

liz said...

Love the scotch pine branch stamp. Your acetate embossing is wonderful!

barb oliver said...

Beautiful, beautiful cards, Lin! Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia Cole said...

Your cardinal cards are beautifully done!

BeverlyBL said...

Cute, cute cards. I love all of your cardinals. Beautiful job.

Cyndee said...

The script does make for a great background. Love the mirror stamping you did for the bird. I like the acetate embossed snowflake background.

Maye M.L said...

Lin, what a prolific example of your beautiful work using these fabulous HA stamps. I was not aware of the sisterhood, but it is a great encouragement for the rest of us. Cheers!

Berina RGA said...

Wow!! Beautiful cards!! Love the cardinal stamp!! Beautiful designs!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Thanks for the amazing projects once again. :)

Karen L K said...

Very nice cardinals and with all different looks! I like those snowflakes embossed on the wood grain and the birds of course. That script on the background also looks really great.

Arianna Barbara said...

Beautiful cards!!!

Michele K. Henderson said...

Wow! I just LOVE these gorgeous birds! Every detail is fantastic! Beautiful!

Leanne said...

Beautiful cards!

Nana Griffin said...

Oh my, these are all so gorgeous. You did a wonderful job on reversing the one cardinal.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Lin! THESE are each and all amazing! I love cardinals (as did my precious mom), and I love each card and how you've so beautifully designed them...all with a sweet cardinal (or two) on them! And I love how you've staged each one! Ooh, you are amazing, sweet friend! What a fun blog hop celebration!! Hugs and love! xoxo

jintyoo7 said...

What a great idea for a hop! I do look furrowed to checking everyone's creations :-)
LOVE these cardinal themed cards Lin - so beautiful :-)

lindagrady said...

WOW; jaw-dropping gorgeous holiday cards. I love all of them. Would love to be on your holiday card list.

Linda M said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards! Must get the color layering cardinal!

Maureen Chandler said...

I just love that cardinal and all your cards are beautiful! Thanks so much!!

CathyL said...

All of these cards are striking!

Egret said...

Your cards are absolutely lovely!

Jean Bullock said...

Wonderful card variations. Definitely want to try that embossed acetate. What a clever idea!

Mary W said...

That reverse image duo of cardinals was elegant and beautiful!

Ann K said...

Love love love the cardinals - my mother's favorite.

mandalj said...

Such lovely cards! Really like the embossed acetate on the second last one!

sammi said...

I absolutely love cardinals and you have done am amazing job with this stamps! Love the vintage feel

Nancy said...

All of your cards are just stunning Lin! Beautiful!

Helen Gullett said...

Such a beautiful card! Love it a lot!

Carmela said...

The cardinals are truly beautiful! Love the stamp and love your coloring!

Miriam Prantner said...

Wonderful cards! I love those cardinals!!!

Unknown said...

Lin,
Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards. I especially like the embossed cards. The embossing on acetate is a technique I can't wait to try. Your creativity is inspiring.
Cheryl

Dawn T said...

WOW - your Cardinal cards are all stunning. I particularly like the first one where you have made your pair. Beautifully done Lin.

Jean said...

THese are all gorgeous! Love the cardinal!

Marina said...

Great cards! I really like the text in the background on your first card! Thanks for sharing.

Chark said...

love all of them, but the woodgrain and snowflakes are just lovely together!

Karen B. said...

Such beautiful bird "scenes". I think I need this cardinal!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

These birds are beautiful!

Carey Nusbaum said...

Wow Lin! Your cards are absolutely stunning! Your snowflake acetate is a must try! The wood panel on the next card is so striking! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win!

Kris in Alaska said...

I adore cardinals!

Chantal Gommans said...

Sow much fun and beauty in your cards. Amazing !!

Betty J said...

All your cards are just beautiful!

Jeanne-Marie said...

I've always loved cardinals and yours look so life like! Thank you for sharing your work!

Kate B said...

Wow, those cardinals look so real! What an amazing layering stamp set! Lovely cards, thanks for sharing!

bbaxterj@frontiernet.net said...

Lin, I love your beautiful bird holiday cards! I love the multi-step cardinal stamp set, but of the cards you did, I think I like the first one the most. I can imagine discovering them on a long winter walk into the woods. Thank you for sharing.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

I just love cardinals and the soft colors to go with it!! Recipients sure to love it!! Thanks for joining the ODBD challenge!!

Kathy H said...

So lovely!

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

THose birds are just so sweet!