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A Blog Named Hero – Holiday Giveaway & Celebration of our Sponsors

Share the Holidays with A Blog Named Hero and all our 2016 Sponsors!

The Crafty Nurse here to celebrate the holidays and share a special thank you to all of our extremely generous 2016 sponsors.  

This is a special celebration with lots of prizes and opportunities to thank both our sponsors and you our loyal Blog Hop participants.  Please leave a comment on one of our posts this month for a chance to win.  For even more opportunity to win, enter a card in the challenge.

Today I’ve used Ellen Hutson’s “Cozy Christmas” by Julie Ebersole.  This is such a timeless set and so great for a quick holiday card. I always like to find different ways to use the stamps so the light string became a frame. I also only used part of the “smoke” to create different puffs out of each house.

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A Blog Named Hero – Holiday Giveaway on the Blog

Sharing the Holidays with A Blog Named Hero and all our 2016 Sponsors!

The Crafty Nurse here to begin celebrating the holidays and share a special thank you to all of our extremely generous sponsors from this entire last year.  Please thank them by continuing to use their wonderful products.  I know I will!

As I’m sure you’ve heard, the Design Team is “paying it forward” by offering up prizes from our sponsor companies as a thank you to our loyal Blog Hop participants.  Please make sure you leave a comment on one of our posts this month and for extra chances to win, enter a card in the challenge.

For a little inspiration, I’ve used a beautiful Hero Arts set called, Under the Mistletoe, which I watercolored with Prima and Daniel Smith paints after I white heat embossed.  I finished off with some stamped berries using Hero Arts Ombre Ink.  Hope this inspires you to grab someone you love and give them a big smooch under the mistletoe!

A Blog Named Hero – Geometric Challenge

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse again for the “Geometric” challenge for A Blog Named Hero.  This months we are using all Hero Arts products.2d1a7-ha_logo_nor

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I learned this geometric distress technique from the fabulous card maker, Laura Bassen in a Craftsy Course she teaches.  If you haven’t taken any of the Craftsy classes they are fabulous.  I like to send my cards to Send a Smile 4 Kids, so I made a kid friendly geometric card.

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our October “Geometric” Card Challenge!  See you there!

kathy

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A Blog Named Hero – Friendship Flags – Geometric Challenge

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with a project using Hero Arts stamps for the “Geometric” challenge at A Blog Named Hero.

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For my card today I began by creating a rainbow background by gold heat embossing Hero Arts “Tiny Flags” and using distress inks in rainbow order. Geometric cards can really be fun as they create such sharp and clean lines. Using the Hero Arts Friendship Definition stamp as my base background, I chose a friend sentiment as my focal image.

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our October “Geometric” Card Challenge!  See you there!

kathy

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A Blog Named Hero – Blooming Fall

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with a project using Ellen Hutson’s Essential’s By Ellen’s stamps and dies for the “Texture” challenge at A Blog Named Hero.

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I combined the Essential By Ellen’s “Thankful” blooms and “Lovely” stamp sets using Rock Candy Crackle Paint and Distress Ink to texturize these gorgeous fall leaves. So they popped, I used the My Favorite Things Flog Die, which allows the card to stand up to further display these blooms.

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our September “Texture” Card Challenge!  See you there!

kathy

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A Blog Named Hero – Rays of Hope

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with a project using Ellen Hutson’s Essential’s By Ellen’s stamps and dies for the “Texture” challenge at A Blog Named Hero.  A very special thank you to Ellen for allowing us to play with their great product this month. Her generous spirit is known to many who frequent her store.

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I was so excited to use the “Stay Salty” Essentials By Ellen stamp and die set to play with this month. I started by applying table salt to a wet watercolor wash to create texture and play off the “stay salty” theme.  I cut up that panel and stacked it for even more interest.  The sky was created with watercolors, distress inks, and a layering stencil.

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our September “Texture” Card Challenge!  See you there!

kathy

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A Blog Named Hero – “Pop of Color”

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Hello fellow Hero Art’s Friends!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here today sharing some inspiration for our “Pop of Color” challenge in collaboration with The Ton.   You have until the end of the day to enter this month over at A Blog Named Hero.  

Both cards were made using The Ton’s “Fall Foliage” set. This stunning stamp layering set is so great, I made two cards!  The first card is in line with our “pop of color” challenge and features the stamp layering technique from The Ton’s You-Tube video.  I personally used a Misti tool to make sure my layers aligned. For background leaves, I stamped only the final layer in the leaf set so my focal leaf “Popped” and added a Darice embossing folder over a diffuser for more “pop”.

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My second card features negative watercoloring taught by Dawn Woleslagle of WPlus 9 in Online Card Classes Intermediate course.  I am quite the novice in watercolor, but I really enjoyed using this gorgeous stamp with this technique.

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We can’t want to see what you’ve created for your “Pop of Color” over at A Blog Named Hero.  Have fun!

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A Blog Named Hero – “Pop of Color”

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Hello fellow Hero Art’s Friends!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here with you today for my take on a this month’s “Pop of Color” challenge going on all month at A Blog Named Hero.  This month we are collaborating with The Ton so you’ll definitely want to join.

For my “Pop of Color” card today I created a window using rectangle dies allowing for the beautiful Hero Arts florals to peek through.

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We can’t want to see what you’ve created for your “Pop of Color” over at A Blog Named Hero.  Have fun!

A Blog Named Hero – Masculine Challenge

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with some inspiration for the A Blog Named Hero July challenge. This month Hero Arts has stepped up to be our collaborative sponsor for our “Masculine” themed challenge.

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For those who follow my blog, you’ll know that fall is my favorite season of the year.  Now that Hero Arts has put together color layering packages with accompanying ink cube colors, I couldn’t resist Jayne Nelson’s Fall set which includes Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine, Lemon Yellow, and Strawberry.   


We look forward to seeing your “Masculine” cards this month and I’ll be back later on in the month for another collaborative project with Hero Arts.

A Blog Named Hero – Vellum

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with a collaboration project with Lil’ Inkers for our Vellum challenge at A Blog Named Hero.

The Modern Mehndi set from Lil’ Inkers is stunning when white heat embossed on vellum.  I colored the back of the vellum with Copic Markers and created a frame with the Lawn Fawn Stitched dies.  The background was embossed on vellum using sparkly powder and I popped up the flowers with foam tape.

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our June for our collaboration with Lil’ Inkers for the Vellum Challenge!

kathy

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