Hero Arts Winter 2016 Release Blog Hop

Winter_bloghop_600Hello! Today I’m excited to join Hero Arts along with several other talented designers to kick off their Winter release with a blog hop.
Hero Arts-Holly Days & Holiday TagsMy first project features several new sets. I used the Vintage Post for the background. After embossing the script in clear, I smooshed the watercolor cardstock using a few different distress inks for a colorful resist look.
Hero Arts-Holly Days & Holiday TagsThe greenery is from Holly Days and the sentiment is from Holiday Tags.
Hero Arts-Holiday AnimalsThis next card features the adorable Holiday Animals stamp set. I used masking to add the cute stocking caps to their heads. I also freehand cut a snowy hill as a mask to blend in the subtle background. The sentiment is from Coffee Cup Tags.
Hero Arts-Holiday AnimalsGiveaway!
Hero Arts will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Sunday, August 28 at 11:59pm PT and we’ll announce the winner the following week.

Hop List:
The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Kathy Racoosin
Wanda Guess
Lydia Fiedler
Alice Wertz
Amy Tan
Cheiron Brandon
Debbie Olson
Laura Bassen←you are here!
Debby Hughes
Heather Ruwe
Ilina Crouse
Isha Gupta
Jenn Shurkus
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Joan Bardee
Karin Akesdotter
Yana Smakula
Kelly Rasmussen
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Mariana Grigsby
May Sukyong Park
Libby Hickson

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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347 thoughts on “Hero Arts Winter 2016 Release Blog Hop

  1. Your first card is SOOO pretty Laura…LOVE that background! Such non traditional colors too, but it totally works!! And your 2nd card is just too cute! Great coloring and masking too!! :0)

  2. How cozy they look in their rainbow scarf and hats. So cute. And I love the “Peace and Joy” card. Your background is so pretty. Gonna have to try smooshing.

  3. Love that scripty background. Pink and gold and green, subtle but still Christmasy. And you do critters so well! Some lovely products in this release!

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  6. Love the script background and your watercoloring of course. An elegant card. And then we have the cutie patootie critters with your signature ink blending background. Stunning. Thanks!

  7. Love your bear and mouse card, it is just to cute. Thank you for sharing and being part of the new winter release blog hop giveaway.

  8. The 1st day of school here in Tx and then I see these great cards letting me know “the” season is just around the corner! The scripty, the tags, the greenery!! All of it!

  9. Your mistletoe card is gorgeous! I was waiting for a video to pop up and so disappointed, love your video, they always make me smile and I needed one today, lol!
    Hugs!

  10. Laura, how do you come up with new ideas, you are aways so creative! You are truly an inspiration! Love both of your cards! TFS

  11. Love the beauty and elegance of the watercolored card. The bear set would make perfect card for just about anyone!!

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  13. Laura, I love the yummy colors on the mistletoe card! And, the second card with those adorable animals – wow!

  14. I loved the colors and how you used the Vintage Post stamp! It’s exactly how I pictured using it when I get my hands on them. Gorgeous….sigh.

  15. I can’t resist a handsome bear and you went and teamed him up with a cute mouse! Unfair advantage! Your smooshed card is gorgeous! I love the colours you chose for the background. I’m all for unconventional colours for holiday cards. Makes them pop amongst the traditional colours. Beautiful work Laura.

  16. Well, as usual my socks are knocked off. The 1st card is so traditionally lovely and well designed…the 2nd, can you say freaking adorable. You even got your signature rainbow on the scarf.

  17. The Happy Holly Days stamps and die set are definitely on my list of things to buy. The card is really beautiful!

  18. Both cards are wonderful but I really love the script and watercolor background on the first card. However, that bear brought a big smile to my face! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Great cards and my favorite is the first one with the wonderful background. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  20. Sequins and colors other than red and green. Love the bear too. Something you can’t find in the store!

  21. Loved your cards….for me..had to be that cute little Bear and Mouse….so adorable..thank you so much for sharing…hugs

  22. Wow! The background you created for the background of the first card is spectacular, Laura! Amazing cards.

  23. The background on your first card is simply gorgeous! And your bears are so cute. I wish I had a scarf like his!

  24. Such a fun watercolored background on your first card – love how you used some unexpected colors for a Christmas card! The rainbow color scarf on the snowman is so happy and a wonderful pop of color!

  25. Your cards are incredible as usual! Love the background and the festive look of the first. And the second is so fun and cute!

  26. Oh my gosh girlfriend !! I love your cards. The papa bear is darling with his ‘rainbow’ scarf and what a stunning card you made using the mistletoe branches. Great ideas 😉

  27. Your cards are always a delight, but I have to admit I whimpered a little because there wasn’t a video to go with them. Your videos are the best.

  28. Your cards are putting me in the Christmas spirit already. I really like the mistletoe stamp with the pretty text background, but the bears are cute, too.

  29. Two cards very different, but both really great, one elegant and the other one cute ! They are both very inspiring.

  30. Can’t wait to shop for many of these new winter releases. Your distressed background is colorful and the bears are adorable.

  31. Laura, love your card. Your sooooo talented, I appreciate all your talent thank you for sharing with us.

  32. Your cards are wonderful. Your colors are just wonderful. Such a wonderful release. You are such a wonderful person to share your talent.

  33. Such great cards- both totally different, which shows the breadth of this catalog! And the hats on the little cuties: adorable!

  34. The first card is really stunning! Love the background and the sentiment. The second is adorable! Love the rainbow scarf!

  35. Really love the cards, especially the “Holly Days” card. Such unexpected color combinations and they look great.

  36. OOOHH…LOVE your watercoloring on the first card…it’s very striking. And your little animals standing in the snow are So Cute!

  37. I’m always in the market for a new Christmas tag set – love how you used this one on the smooshed background.

  38. Laura, you do such nice work on your cards. I love little hats on th critters. Hero arts is a great company and my first rubber stamps were from this company. They never disappoint. Thank you for your art.

  39. Love both of your cards, but the Holly Days stamps and dies are my favorite from this collection, and I just love the background you’ve created for the mistletoe. Beautiful!

  40. Your cards are just beautiful, Laura! Thanks so much for sharing your talents and inspiration with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway.

  41. Two wonderful cards — the first one using resist embossing/distress inks is right up my alley. Love the images in the Vintage Post set.

  42. Gorgeous background to the mistletoe card. I’ve never been able to achieve anything like it with the smooshing technique.

  43. Beautiful! The mistletoe stamp just screams “BUY ME!!!” Love how you snuck a rainbow in the second card! Thanks so much.

  44. Two very different cards but two very gorgeous cards ! I love the writing background on the mistletoe card and this mistletoe stamp is just a must-have stamp set ! And your bear card is so cute with its colorful scarf ! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

  45. Your cards are so nice! Love the little bear and mouse! and I love the colors you used on the mistletoe card! Thank you for sharing!

  46. Both cards really put me in the mood to start creating Christmas cards! Beautiful showcase of the new goodies, Laura…thanks for inspiring us!

  47. Love the blending of colors on the first card.
    the bear and his friend are darling.
    thanks for sharing.

  48. Love the colorful background on the first card. The wonderful scarf on the bear in the second card makes me smile. Thanks

  49. Great cards, I really like how you used the Vintage post for the background and water colored it. This is my favorite!! TFS!!

  50. These cards are just terrific! I especially love the rainbow hues on the bear’s scarf! He is a snazzy bear! Thanks for sharing these wonderful designs!

  51. H.A. Winter Release is outstanding! I want SO many things! This is the cutest bear and mouse. I love how you can ALWAYS put color on your background and fade it into nothingness. Why can’t I do this? Mine is never smooth like yours and I never know when to stop. I won’t give up! Thanks for always inspiring me.

  52. While I usually like traditional colors; I find I’m really drawn to your first card.I would like to know which Distress inks you used.

  53. Love both cards. Great background for the holly. Bear and mouse so cute. You never overdo your cards, making your focal points pop. Thanks for sharing!

  54. Your mistletoe card is gorgeous,everything about it is beautiful! The bear card is adorable, I love the little mouse sidekick!

  55. The watercolor background on that first card is so pretty!!! My watercolor backgrounds always end up looking like leftover fruity pebbles cereal milk.

  56. Love both of these cards. The first one is so classy looking though, it’s my favorite. What an awesome release from HA.

  57. Great cards! The watercolored background really sets the card apart, I am going to experiment with that! Thanks for sharing.

  58. I like the Peace and Joy card you made. It’s very classic. I love the scarf on the bear. It reminds me of a pair of hand knitted mittens I have that are that color. I love them!

  59. Great cards! I love the way one is like a modern take on a classic design while the other is cute and cuddly. The bear’s scarf reminds me of a short version of a Dr. Who scarf. Thanks for sharing!

  60. Beautiful first card with the mistletoe peeking out from behind the sentiment. Cute little pair on the last.

  61. Love the background on your first card. Not a usual combo for Christmas cards. That background script is really great.

  62. The smooshed background on the mistletoe card is absolutely magnificent. I don’t usually buy animal stamps, but your bear card has me rethinking that. I like how a personality changes with just the addition of a jaunty cap.

  63. Love me a good ole rainbow scarf! My mom knit me one so it reminds me of that 🙂 Also, the mistletoe is well done. Thanks for sharing another great example and thanks to Hero Arts (for awesome stuff) and for the chance to win!

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