Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Hero Hostess Blog Hop 2014!!!






Hi Ladies welcome to day three of this fabulous 2014 Hero Arts catalogue release blog hop. I always enjoy this time of year when I get a chance to play with some new stamps and also hop along with all my Hero Hostess friends.

Hero Arts will be  giving away three big prize packs containing an assortment of brand new products from the 2014 catalogue.  For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day’s starting post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!



If you find a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Arts Club Blog . Also, please report broken links to: blog@heroarts.com.



Your next stop on the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop is at my talented hosti friend Heather's blog!






Sorry for the long post but I got really carried away with my new stamps and could stop once I had started lol!!  My new favourite set is the gorgeous AC032 Cherish Yesterday cling set. I had great fun getting inky with my Distress Markers to make this simple CAS card.  I stamped the image twice cut out one and put on pop dots for dimension.


With another stamped image I created this book mark, I have laminated it  for strength.


Now for that cheeky Bird stamp D5890, I love the image  and again I have stamped it twice and after masking the first image to make the background. I have also pop dotted the second image to lift the bird from the page.


Now for one of the lovely new floral stamps in the catalogue this year, this is  K5897 Petals of Beauty and I have just inked it with Distress inks and spritzed with water to get this effect.  The edges are stamped with S5885 Five Lined Background  and Old Paper Distress Ink.



I have also decided to do a little giveaway myself to celebrate my Birthday on Saturday, I have this new clear set to give to one randomly selected comment left on my blog,  just become a follower, if you haven't already done so and I will get my DH to draw a name on Saturday 25th (my Birthday)  Good Luck!!!


  Have fun hopping!!!!



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Nancy said...

Oh Sally, your cards are stunning. The first one looks like a painting!

Claire Boyd said...

I am just loving this hop. Your first card on the blog is particularly beautiful.... so stylish & elegant. Just amazing

Maureen Morton said...

These are true pieces of art, Sally - such wonderful coloring and designs! I love them all. Thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

Awesome cards, Sally! I can tell you really enjoyed playing with the new stamps! The trees look so gorgeous on your card and tag! Love how used the bird - looks beautiful against the masked background! Lovely flower card too! ♥

Arlene said...

Love the idea of a bookmark with Cherish Yesterday. Love the bird left for the most part black and white. What a great background. The flower is gorgeous.

SUPER opening for the day! You rocked it. Remember not to draw my name. :)

judkajudi said...

Beautifully done! I love the water color look on the flower; and the edging with the 5 lines stamp is genius!! How fun to be hopping with the Hostesses!!

Mandee Teel said...

WOW! So glad that I stumbled across your blog! What georgeous projects!

Anonymous said...

Love your use of distress inks and new bird stamp! LindaG

Lin said...

Gorgeous, as always, Sally! I couldn't pick a favorite!

Ava said...

Sally, your cards are gorgeous and the first one is my fave!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Beautiful cards Sally! I love the bookmark- it's my fav. Love hopping with you this week too. :)

Lisa Simpson said...

I love the tree card. The colors are perfect!

MarcyK924 said...

Sally, I LOVE all your cards! You used so many different techniques!

Debra said...

Colors and graphics are inspiring.

Jackie Parkins said...

Those are so beautiful - I love the watercolor look.

Angelnorth said...

Great cards, love the first one especially - looks great with the sketchy edges of the first stamping showing below the trimmed out image!

Debstamps said...

Beautifully inspiring work as always Sally! Happy almost-Birthday--may you have some stamping fun to pass the time until the day :) !

Barb said...

I love visiting your blog, Sally. Loved the cards you did for the blog hop and Happy Birthday!

Sue D said...

Beautiful creations. I like your use of the Cherish Yesterday set.
Happy Birthday!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Mary-Anne V said...

Very pretty cards and bookmark...love your use of distressed inks.

VARedGem said...

I just love your cards... I must look at these new HA stamps! BTW: Happy birthday!

judy said...

Beautiful cards, Sally!! I especially love how you used the Cherish Yesterday set!

paperpicnic said...

Sally, each of your cards is extraordinary - so very beautiful! I especially love your first card, I adore the way that you stamped the image twice and then layered the images with pop dots! And of course, I love the bird card, so very pretty! Thanks for the great inspiration!

Jayne said...

These are all so nice. Love your style.

Kelly Booth said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your cards Sally!! Just Fabulous.....

Virginia L. said...

Each one of them is a gem, Sally! Love the water-coloring effect with distress markers on the flower! Beauitufl job, Sally!

Penny Reed said...

Love all your projects - great use of that longer image stamp. Very pretty! TFS!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the artsy look to your creations. Nice framing & dimension. I'm a new follower. Thanks for giveaway chance.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

margaret gurney said...

Your blog can never be too long! Beauty and inspiration are always welcome. All cards are lovely-wonderful watercolor look.

jeannine said...

Beautiful work! Love all the textures and dimension!

Robyn said...

Love how you colored the Cherish Yesterday stamp. It has such a peaceful look!

Donna Whitten said...

I just love all your great projects! My favorite is the lovely flower. Great job!

grandmato19 said...

Your cards are stunning! Love being a follower and I really love blog hops! Have a very happy birthday!

Torrie said...

Very nice. I also love that you did a bookmark too!

Jacqueline said...

Beautiful cards, Sally - love how you use the Bird too! Happy Birthday for Saturday!

Gerrina said...

A loy inspirayion in one post! The treestamp is greet and yhe way you used it, is one I really like... For saturday in front Congrats and have a great birthday! Inky greetings, Gerrina

Celine Blacow said...

These are just lovely, I really like the bookmark!

Kathy B. said...

Your cards are just beautiful. Love your choice of colors.

Agnes Dobek said...

These are beautiful. I especially love the bookmark.

Tiffany Ervin said...

Lovely, lovely creations today, Sally!! Love your mix of inking techniques and the soft color palette you chose, so glad to be hopping along with you too!

Kristie Goulet said...

Very pretty projects from your newest follower. :)

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Love the arty feel to your cards.

Diane Stricker said...

Beautiful cards. The first card is stunning. Also love the bookmark.

Mildred Mildew said...

Sally; love your cards, especially the one using Cherish Yesterday stamp!

Laura said...

Really love the first card,, the colours are great; but all the cards are beautiful. Love the bird stamp!

Patricia said...

I'm already a follower! Love your cards. The bird card is precious. Love that new flower stamp also! Thanks for the giveaway.

Jill W. said...

Really like your bookmark! Also, I like how you did the little bird over the definition...very nice!

Barbara said...

I see several stamps I need here and I love how you used then in your creations. I have the little bird stamp and have used it many times and I love the way you used it. I may have to case that idea. All the cards are just beautiful and I like your style very much!

Heather Maria said...

Oh wow Sally, these are all such fabulous creations! Your card and matching bookmark look fantastic - love the colours and design! I think I'll have to make some bookmarks like that too! The robin card is so sweet and pretty. You did a wonderful masking and inking job and again I love the gorgeous colours! Your floral card is fabulous too, love the colours and wonderful, soft, dreamy effect you achieved on the flower! I'm so excited to be hopping along with you today:)

Gloria Reynolds said...

All the cards are equally beautiful; I have to admit, however, that I LOVE the little bird!

Ann Kulseth said...

Love the first card . . . it is so professional looking. Who needs Hallmark??? Thanks for sharing!

Dorothy C. said...

Beautiful cards! I like how you stamped Five Lines on the edges of the last card.

Tammy J said...

The cards are very pretty but I love the book mark. Thats the one thing I miss most about paperback books since getting a tablet. TFS

Brenda in IN said...

Your "cherish yesterday" card is stunning along with the bookmark. I love bookmarks and this one is so beautiful. Love the sweet bird and your flower is pretty too. Great cards!

ScrapaDiddle said...

Wow! Girl, you have some incredible talent! Your work looks like artists renderings. Will subscribe to your blog!

Linda R. said...

Great cards. I esp. love the first one. Its beautiful!

Diana N. said...

WOW! Such wonderful creations! Your work is inspirational. Now I have to get some of those new stamps!

Skraperella said...

Stunning cards Sally! The stamps you have used are at the top of my wish list...oh wait...the entire Hero Arts catalogue is on my wish list. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win :-)

Betty said...

usually i'll have a favorite but all of your cards are just fantastic! and HB2U on saturday!!!

Shemaine Smith said...

Sally these are beautiful! Great showcase of these beautiful stamps.

Shannon Zuklich said...

Love the flower and technique used on the last card!

jamie said...

The cherish yesterday set is one of my favorite too. Love your cards!!!

ionabunny said...

Loving your CAS style. The trees card is lovely. It's like resist without the resist. Love how you pop dot your layers. The little Robin is so sweet. Birthday wishes for Saturday. Hope you get plenty cake

Laura said...

I love the bookmark. It's so inspired.
Thank you for sharing it.

Judy K said...

You're cards are beautiful! Love the new floral stamp.

conil said...

These cards and tags are inspired. To be honest, I hadn't paid much attention to that cling set (duh) but it is gorgeous. And I just adore that bird. Your coloring & color choices are awesome.

Judy Tuck said...

Beautiful watercolouring Sally. Especially love the card with the matching bookmark.

Susanne Vargas said...

I am also in love with the set "Cherish yesterday"! Your cards (and bookmark) are all fabulous!

Michelle said...

Such lovely cards, Sally! Thank you for sharing them. Have a wonderful birthday on Saturday!

Michelle said...

Lovely cards, Sally! They are all beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Have a Happy Birthday this Saturday!

jp said...

Just love your card and matching bookmark! Beautiful!

Efrat said...

Pretty cards. I love the bookmark.
Happy birthday!!

Dotty Jo said...

Beautiful cards Sally, I think this new release is one of HA's best and you have showcsed these lovely stamps to perfection! Happy birthday for Saturday, Jo x

Laura Norris said...

Beautiful cards Sally! I love them all, and again have added some things to my wish list that I didn't think I needed until now!

Lysa said...

Gorgeous cards (& bookmark!) Must have *all* those stamps! :)

Vivian C. said...

Your first card would be perfect for my sister. Great idea to use the five line stamp as just an edger. I think that stamp needs to go on my wish list.

Em said...


Happy Birthday, Sally. Your card featuring Petals of Beauty is just beautiful and I will have to be getting those wonderful stamps featured in your first card. What a great set.

Laurel said...

Sally, all of your cards are gorgeous! Just gorgeous.

Barb Ghig said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards and bookmark, Sally! I love the artistic way you played with your new stamps...everything looks so fresh and as always, perfectly executed!
Thanks so much for being part of the hop ~ Happy Birthday to you, and I hope all of your birthday wishes come true!

Em said...

Happy Birthday, Sally.
That Cherish Yesterday set is a must have for me and you have used it so well. I think the watercolor flower is just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Sharon c I really liked the stamp twice and layer technique. So many beautiful cards

sharon l-s said...

Happy B-day on the 25th. Just finished 3 cards for family members b-day on the 25th. Love the Cherish Yesterday card and bookmark. Awesome coloring. The bird and background - great job! The watercolor flower with the 5 line sides reminds me of Hawaii - the 5 lines look like tiki print. Love them all thanks for sharing

Lucille K said...

Hi Sally, Just love your cards, especially the first card. Happy Birtday to you too :)

adele holcomb said...

These are all so beautiful! I especially love the first one -- looks like you trimmed down the popped up image a bit so the edges of the stamped image beneath would show. Great effect!

Annmarie Demotto said...

Loved all your cards just very warm warming and I loved how you celebrated Mother Nature in your birds and floral stamping

Patti Barber said...

Great cards for the blog hop! Love all the inspiration.

gabriella said...

The pink flower card is very soft and sweet

nancy said...

Your projects were all beautiful, but I especially loved the flower card. I love how you stamped the five line background on the sides -- so cool.

JanLee said...

Oh my these are just beautiful. Your first card is stunning, it is a work of art! Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

I love ALL of your cards....they use my very favorite techniques, with a twist. Can't wait to get my hands on the new stamps.

Unknown said...

love the water-inky affect!
thanks
Holly

Linda E said...

Sally, I can certainly see why Hero likes having you for a hostess. Love all your cards. I especially like the technique used on the first one, where the background sticks out a little around the popped up panel. Thanks for sharing your artistry, and thanks for a chance to win a prize.

Linda T said...

Beautiful cards Sally. I love the stamp set Cherish yesterday. I just adore you're bookmark. I want to start making some. Thank you for you're great ideas. I started following you're blog. I'm looking forward to seeing you're ideas.

Cindy C. said...

All cards so beautifully done Sally!! I really enjoy the effect you gave to the floral card. Have a fabulous day on your upcoming birthday!!

Cat Craig said...

Gorgeous artsy cards, and the bookmark is lovely. Happy Birthday in advance!

Deirdre said...

OH Sally - simply stunning. Love everything you created - adore the bookmark. Just all so beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win and Happy Birthday!!!!

Melinda Ferraz said...

Beautiful cards!

bjmartin said...

Love all your beautiful projects! Great inspiration!

ColleenF said...

Love the bookmark idea, cute cards!

Maeghan M. said...

Love that bird stamp! TFS!!!

Miriam Prantner said...

Beautiful, beautiful cards! You did an amazing job on these, I must have that watercolor flower stamp!

joy said...

Beautiful cards, Sally! I love every one of them. And, I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Chris mason said...

Nice work....thanks for sharing some great ideas.

Scrapycandy said...

Yes you seriously had way too much fun. Loving the birthday card. All the stamps look like so much fun. Thank you for inspiring.

Leni said...

Beautiful cards! Love the trees card.

jenway9 said...

BEAUTIFUL CARDS!

Chark said...

Lovely stamping/inking--they are all beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards - fun techniques!

Glenda Lee Nutting said...

Happy birthday and thank you for sharing your lovely cards.

donna mikasa said...

Wonderful projects, Sally! That Cherish set looks like it was made for you! And I'm falling in love with that little bird!

Anita Rex said...

Sally I absolutely love your cards! Stunning! So love that book mark! Fabulous post!

patscrap91 said...

Sally, I love the new stamps you used ! Your bookmark and cards are beautiful !
Thanks for the giveaway !

Kailash said...

Gorgeous projects Sally, love all of them and so creative to make that lovely bookmark, the card with the bird image is so special!!

Maye M.L said...

Lovely use of a great collection of stamps.

Robin K. said...

That Cherish Yesterday cling set has jumped to the top of my list after seeing what you've done with them Sally! I love the bookmark idea! Thanks for sharing your talent and Happy Birthday on Saturday:)

cghundley said...

Very pretty collection
of cards. Love the
book marker you made.
Thanks for the giveaway.
And I follow you.
Carla from Utah

shirley-bee said...

Love all of these fabulous cards! Have a great birthday!

Carol Perry said...

I've enjoyed all your cards but the first one is so gorgeous. I just love how you did the background against the embossed trees. Very pretty.

bartokmd said...

I love your card with the bird! Lovely colors!

Annelies said...

Great cards Sally, but I also love your laminated bookmark! I like reading, so I must also try this! Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

Linda said...

Sally all of your cards are beautiful but I really like the first one. It is simple but beautifu and I like how you also made a bookmark to match it. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

ThePurplePlace said...

Hi Sally,
How excited to see so many of the Flickr Members are also Hero Hostesses! You are all very talented and must be very excited to be part of the HOP!!

I am enjoying seeing all the new goodies and really loving the fun ideas you came up with. The bookmark is really cool and I think it's lovely too!

Happy Crafting,
Lisa

Gail said...

The watercolor is fabulous! Liking the bookmark too and I always love birds on cards -you did an awesome job on creation - happy birthday on Saturday - may God bless you with many more! TFS and for the Hero Arts hops -enjoy your day!

Karenladd said...

GORGEOUS cards! I love your style and that first card is really beautiful with the trees. Happiest of birthdays to you!!

Annie Wills said...

Gorgeous projects...love the watercolor feel on all on them!

Kelly Massman said...

beautiful cards; i just love the saying on your sidebar, too; i must be pretty craftastic!! :-) happy birthday!

Suzan D said...

Simply elegant

Anonymous said...

Hope you have a fantastic birthday and your cards are awesome, thanks for sharing.
Fiona

Jennifer Greer said...

Simply beautiful.

Sarah Gray said...

What a great selection of cards, Sally - don't know which stamps to go for first! Love the petals of beauty and gorgeous bird stamp. Wishing you a very happy birthday for the weekend!

Linda said...

fabulous cards, Sally! Love the watercolorlook on the first one! TFS!

Gail said...

Very arty -you could have done them with a brush - I love the effect.

Debbie said...

the first one is amazing love the free style look
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Monika/Buzsy said...

Beautiful cards Sally. Love the watercolor style of the images and the pretty colors you used.

Cheryl Griswold said...

love the trees on the first card. Very nice cards. Thanks for sharing.

Rachel K said...

So many beautiful cards here! Loved seeing all that you created. :)

Kari D said...

What beautiful art! Thank you for the amazing inspiration. JUST.LOVE.THE.BOOKMARK.

Jeanie said...

Beautiful cards.

Rhonda Mussman said...

the trees in silhouette are always a favorite.

Sarah Thomson said...

Thank you for using the "Cherish Yesterday" set. I popped over to the Hero Arts site and it looks beautiful. Particularly like what you did with the first card.

Barb said...

absolutely beautiful cards. love the stamp sets.

BeeJay said...

Your cards are beautiful!

Anita in France said...

Such amazing cards, Sally ... I love the trees with the most beautiful background!

Donna Cala said...

Love the Cherish Yesterday set. The silhouette image is beautiful in the style and colors you chose.

karenelr said...

Sally, how absolutely stunning all of your projects turned out! I love that Cherish Today print you used for your card and bookmark! Thank you for sharing your talent and time with us!

Dana said...

Gorgeous cards!! And I love the bookmark!!!

CathyL said...

Gorgeous work, Sally!

~amy~ said...

I super love your cards...happy early birthday!

Bunnyfreak said...

Love how you used the distress markers with the stamps

no blog post said...

I love all three cards, but my favorite has to be the first one with the matching book mark. Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

Tracey McNeely said...

All beautiful but I love that bookmark so much!

Michelle W said...

Gorgeous cards! I really like the cherish yesterday set. Hope you have a very happy birthday Saturday - my stepson's birthday is the same day. It's a good day. Thank you for the inspiration and the chance to win.

Suzi said...

Your cards look like true works of art!
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Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Wow Sally - what gorgeous creations!! Just love the tree card and its bookmark companion! And what a yummy flower card - love the pinks! The birdie looks great on the thanks definition too! Thanks for the inspiration - so fun to hop with you this week!

Suzanne C said...

Stunning cards! Love the gradient trees both on the card and on the tag! The flowers are elegant! Beautiful!

Catherine A said...

Really love the cards - The floral one is exceptional :)

Memories by Manda said...

Wonderful Cards. Happy birthday for Saturday!

Lesley S. said...

Now that I've seen your card using "Cherish Yesterday", I know that I must have this stamp!

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

love the trees, love the bird, love the flower - I guess I love them all - thanks so much for sharing your creativity - early happy birthday

Barb Housner

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Love your card and bookmark! Thanks for the chance!

Amante del Papel said...

I love your jobs, there are really inspiration!

Pam W Merwin said...

What beautiful cards and bookmark, Sally! Love the flowers against the lined background :) Lots of inspiration here!

Vera Rhuhay said...

Awesome cards, Sally! Love.. Love...them All ♥

Auror Willow said...

I just love your first two cards! For some reason I love cards that have lots of white space. I adore the matching bookmark too! I think it would be so cute to give a matching card and bookmark to someone who loves to read!

Sue McRae said...

I love how "artsy" the first card feels and turning it into a bookmark is a fabulous idea!

Joyce said...

These are all perfectly gorgeous. And, happy birthday.

Gina D'Urso said...

Really love your style, wonderful cards!!!!

Graciellie CH said...

So very nice. Great ink techniques and the stamps are just perfect.

http://gracielliedesign.blogspot.com/

Carol Haber said...

Sally your cards are beautiful. I love the colours you used for the trees from Cherish Yesterday and the Petals of Beauty card

Petti said...

Beautiful cards thanks for sharing!

Colleen said...

These are all just lovely

Amy C. said...

Lovely projects! I especially love the bird card and the bookmark. My birthday is the
26th! Happy Birthday to you and enjoy your special day!

Pat said...

LOVE how you use color on your cards and tag...lovely!

stamplover2011 said...

Awesome job! I love your bookmark and the pretty flower and bird card!

heidi @ ggip said...

I absolutely love the bird card! The floral with the clever border on each side is fab too!

diana said...

Lovely cards! I've added that stamp set to my must-have list. TFS ;-)

Kathy M said...

Great job with the distress inks love all your cards

Greta said...

I always love your work, Sally, but the first card absolutely took my breath away! Thanks for all the inspiration!

pcm said...

beautiful works of art!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

These are all lovely!

Kim said...

I love the background you created with the little bird; great colours.

Kris in Alaska said...

Happy Birthday! I love that Petals of Beauty set and what you did with it!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Judy1223 said...

Shelly, you showcased the very stamps I have had my eye on! Great distress inking, so perfect with these images! Thanks for a great start to today's blog hop!(Have a happy birthday on Saturday, too!)

craftymom205 said...

Love your projects.

craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

Kelly Flaherty said...

Very nice.

Carol from La Crosse said...

Can't decide which one I like better: Cherish Yesterday or Petals of Beauty.
Love your cards and the BEAUTIFUL bookmark!!

Thanks for the inspiration!!

Deborah Montgomery said...

Beautiful cards! I love seeing how different one stamp can look depending on who's using it! Those trees are just gorgeous :)

brenda said...

Your cards are so pretty and I love how the bookmark looked different from the birthday card eventhough they were the same stamp!

Aundria B. said...

I love your artwork and how you've elevated what can be done with stamps, inks and water to a whole new level. Thank you for sharing these beauties!

Denise G. said...

Trees are a favorite of mine and I love what you did with the ink. So simple but so beautiful.

Angelique Vela said...

i like everything you did but I love the first card.

Harriet Skelly said...

All of your cards are gorgeous - I especially love the first one!

Larissa Heskett said...

WoW!! LOVING your cards and Bookmark for today!! Such NEAT designs and Colors!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! =)

Buttarcrafts said...

Beautiful cards!

Deborah said...

Your cards and tags are so ver elegant TFS

Amy Lou said...

The cards are beautiful. I especially like the first ones with the trees.

Little T said...

Beautiful cards!

ivy said...

Great cards! And I'm going to wish you an early birthday!

Prachi Tripathi said...

Love ur work. It is amazing to see how u transfor your ideas into a beautifull creation. God bless . (prachi82.tripathi@gmail.com)

Vikki Hein said...

your first card & bookmark filled me with peace - just love the softness of the colors and the stamp itself.

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