Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hero Arts Hostess 2014 Catalog Blog Hop!!!

Hi everyone,

I'm excited to be back today as part of the Hero Arts Hostess 2014 Catalog Blog Hop!


I'm always thrilled to be a part of anything involving Hero Arts. The Hero Arts Club Blog was my first real introduction to artistic card making and I have learned SO much from the wonderful Hero Artists over the years. Not only is Hero Arts full of talent (whether it be the stamp designers or the design team) but they are also extremely kind and generous and I'm so thankful to be able to call a number of the Hero Arts family members my friends.

Okay, enough of the mushy stuff. ;) If you've been following along the blog hop you should be arriving from sweet and talented Nancy Krueger's blog. If this is your first stop today you'll want to start at the Hero Arts Club Blog. 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.

I made 2 cards for today's hop. Here's my first card using the black heat embossed Zebra Print background stamp along with Inktense watercolor pencils and a Wink of Stella clear glitter marker. The gorgeous sentiment is from the new Messages with Flourish clear stamp set.


Here's a close up to give you an idea of just how shiny and glittery this is...


Supplies:



For my second card I used the Zebra Print background once again, this time pairing it with its cousin the Leopard Print background. I did some tone on tone stamping with each one to create a baby card that I thought would be great for either boy/girl twins or in the case where you don't know whether the baby is a boy or girl yet. I'm loving this Congrats! sentiment font which is found in the new Yay! clear stamp set.


Supplies:



Before I go I've got to let you know that Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments. 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!

That's it for me! Your next stop is the wonderful Kathy Wade's blog!
Thanks for stopping by!
Sarah

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heidi @ ggip said...

Very good ideas on how to use the zebra stamp.

Jingle said...

These are SUCH fun cards! Great ideas! I love how they are so different from each other!

Nancy said...

Clever designs! I really like the unexpected color combinations!

Marty said...

Love the sparkly zebra card!

snappy scrappy said...

Fab, both are gorgeous...LOVE the first one!!!!

Shannon Zuklich said...

totally digging the zebra print!

Kanan Pandya said...

Beautiful cards, I especially love the second card with the unique color combination and lovely design. Thanks for sharing it. :-)

Arlene said...

Love your backgrounds - such fun choices of color. Happy to have been a fellow Hero Arts sister with you. Love the cards.

Carol Perry said...

Love how the zebra card came out with the clear embossing and watercoloring. Pretty.

Nancy K said...

I love these cards, Sarah! I don't usually like animal prints but you've sold me with your beautiful designs! The embossed rainbow zebra card is stunning! Happy to be hopping with you today :)

VARedGem said...

I love the Zebra stamp... wish it came on rubber and not the wood! Don't have the room to house any more stamps! haha!

Nana Griffin said...

That zebra stamp is cool. Love how you used it on these cards.

Katie Bolinger said...

the zebra card is so dramatic. love the colors.

Katie Bolinger said...

the zebra card is so dramatic. love the colors.

judkajudi said...

Love the use of that zebra stamp!! Really packs a punch. And then how softly you used it in the second card .. very good demo of the flexibility of the HA stamps!! Happy to be hopping with you!

Jayne said...

Love the animal prints.

Kelly Booth said...

LOOOOOOOOOOOVE your cards Sarah kist Perfectly done!!!! xoxoxoxo

Diane Stricker said...

Wildly beautiful cards.

Betty said...

what fun cards in the animal prints!!

Jocelyn Olson said...

These are super fun! The first card is so bold, and I like the watercoloring. The second card is very striking against the white. It's great to see two different ways of using the animal prints.

cheryltownley said...

I love the fun bold Zebra stripe card. The colouring is really effective.

Barb said...

Such fun cards, Sarah! Love the contrast of the black embossing and bright colors on your first card! And what a neat idea to pair both stamps for your second card - very soft and pretty! So happy we were all able to get together to hop again this year!

paperpicnic said...

Both of your cards are stunning, Sarah! I especially like how you paired the leopard and zebra stamps on one card, such a great idea and design! Thanks for sharing this wonderful inspiration!

steph l said...

Never thought to mix animal prints. It's super fun and sassy. Love it.

jenway9 said...

I love the cards and how fun they look. They make me want to smile.

Glenda Lee Nutting said...

The zebra print is so fun. And I appreciate your showing all of the different product you need to make the cards. That's helpful.

Robyn said...

Great cards, Sarah! The colorful zebra card really pops!

Celine Blacow said...

These are just fab cards, I love them .. the style, the colours, just wonderful!

Brenda in IN said...

What a great contrast between the cards using the same stamp. The first one is the bomb! Love the sparkle and glitter shine and all the colors. The second is so soft and pretty. Great cards.

adele holcomb said...

Nice use of the animal prints!

Torrie said...

The black embossing in just perfect for that stamp. You have shown me that animal print can be soft in your second card-nice job.

Maureen Morton said...

You have crossed over to the wild side, eh Sarah? ha! Love the great punch of these cards - it makes them fun. Thanks for sharing.

grandmato19 said...

Oooh! Glitz! Shine! Sparkle! YAY! I love your cards!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Love all the color on the zebra background! The baby card is adorable too. Love hopping with you this week. :)

joy said...

The zebra and leopard prints are quite unique and I love what you have done with them. The baby card could absolutely be for either gender. Thanks for the inspiration, Sarah!

Kailash said...

Love the striking card with the zebra print, stunning design and the second card is especially lovely with the contrast of patterns, beautifully crafted!!!

Harriet Skelly said...

I love the impact of the first card - and the clean and simple style of the second card!

Tiffany Ervin said...

Love the brilliance and shine on your zebra card!! So great hopping with you!!

conil said...

I'm nuts about these new animal prints and theat 1st card you made is spectacular. Really amazing.

Diana N. said...

The colorful zebra stripes are great as well as the tone on tone leopard spots!

Lysa said...

Such FUN cards Sarah! I think I need to get some wink of stella pens now! :)

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like wild animal prints. Would like to see a Cheetah print that is opposite of a Leopard. A Leopard has dark on outside of spot & light on inside of spot. A Cheetah has light on outside spot 7 dark on inside of spot.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Chark said...

like the glittery zebra card and adore the tone on tone!

gabriella said...

I like your zebra card, I had not thought of using a stamp in that way

Casey-Diane said...

WOW THOSE COLORS ARE AWESOME!!!! Thanks for sharing with us.

Sue McRae said...

You've made such fun and colourful cards with the animal prints!

GrammySue's Creations said...

beautiful cards--love the colors and the designs.

Jackie Parkins said...

Beautiful! I love the bright colors and the animal prints.

Agnes Dobek said...

Beautiful cards. I have to get that zebra stamps.

Barb said...

Great cards!

Cheryl I said...

Beautiful cards! I love the use of the animal prints in two very different ways.

Kelly Massman said...

I really love how you multi colored the zebra stripes! Darling!

Deborah Nolan said...

Sarh, I don't really care for animal prints, but you made them appeal to me here! And I loved your opening paragraph - you perfectly expressed what I feel (and wish I'd wrote). Fantastic post and beautiful cards - a two-fer!

Claire Boyd said...

That zebra print stamp has gone straight on my birthday list. How versatile !

Barbara said...

Clever use of these stamps. I love the shine on the zebra print and both cards are special! :)

Patricia said...

Wow! I would never have thought to do that to the zebra print! It looks fantastic! Great job & thanks for the inspiration.

Linda T said...

Beautiful cards and great ideas. I just adore you're Zebra background and the colors you used. Just love it. I also like how you used both backgrounds on the 2nd card. Thank you so much for sharing you're great ideas.

jamie said...

Love your cards....I have the inktense pencils so thanks for the great idea!

Laura Norris said...

What a great use of the zebra stripe BG stamp!!

Virginia L. said...

I love how you make that Zebra Print look oh.so. trendy! Super duper work, Sarah!!

Amy C. said...

I'm loving all the animal print cards! I need to try to make one! Thanks for the ideas!

Donna Whitten said...

I loved your colorful cards, thanks for sharing!

Heather Maria said...

Wow Sarah, what wonderful cards! I love the colours and amazing sparkle on your first card and the matching sequins are the perfect touch! On your second card I love your design and the gorgeous colours on your mix of prints! Loved seeing how you used these fab new stamp! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Mildred Mildew said...

Sarah, thanks for the ideas on how to use animal print stamps on a card..so fun!

jeannine said...

Awesome cards! Gotta love the animal print BG stamps!

Laura said...

Your cards are so "animalier" and fashion.
I like the effect of embossing with the zebra stam

Maeghan M. said...

Love the scripty sentiments mixed with the animal patterns-so lovely! TFS!!!

Ava said...

Sarah, I love your "wild" cards and how you've paired them in the 2nd card. The first card is so colorful and well done, too.

Mandee Teel said...

GEORGEOUS!!!!

Marcie S. said...

Fantastic cards as always! LOVE the animal print!

Skraperella said...

Great cards Sarah! I love the shiny black zebra stripes. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win :-)

Efrat said...

Beautiful. Love the colorful animal prints. Clever.

Scrapthat said...

lovely TFS!

CinnamonSally said...

Great cards Sarah, its been fun hopping with you again!!

Angelnorth said...

Great cards, love the stylish baby congrats especially!

Kimberly Rendino said...

LOVE the colorful zebra card! Perfection!

judy said...

I love the colorful zebra background on your first card-- such a fun way to use the stamp!

Greta said...

2 wonderful cards, but the first one is absolutely incredible! My jaw is still on the floor!

Dotty Jo said...

Fab-u-lous! Love the cards you've created with these super new stamps, Jo x

Dana Joy said...

Amazing cards. HOOKED on that funky fresh zebra card. 😉

steph said...

Awesome cards, love the first one.

Iris said...

Love the shiny, colorful background on the first card and the clean, crisp look of the second card.
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donna mikasa said...

Love how you went WILD with the animal prints! Your cards are so colorful and FUN! Love 'em, Sarah!

Kristie Goulet said...

Very FUN cards! Love them!

Karla said...

VERY bold zebra card! I would have not occurred to me!! Thanks for a chance to win!

Annelies said...

That first card is absolutely gorgeous! Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

Gail said...

Hi Sarah I love the black background with the water color pencils of your first card and the simplicity of the second with the nice congrats banner -you did a wonderful job - TFS and thanks for the hop too!

Gail

utb 01 @ att dot net

Unknown said...

the rainbow zebra print is stunning!
thanks
Holly

Amy Pjura said...

love the tone on tone animal print!

Rachel K said...

Two very different cards here, but they're equally brilliant. :) Loving all the glittery and shiny goodness on the first and the CAS design on the second. Gorgeous!

Scrapycandy said...

Those cards are really wild! Ha! I love them! and I am definitely going to try it.

Lucille K said...

You make using the Zebra stamp so new and exciting, love your cards :)

BeverlyBL said...

Love that zebra print background. Cool colors. Very nice job on all of your cards. Thanks.

Deborah said...

WOW your first card is amazing! The second card is interesting in that you used the same stamp and got a completely different look I love that have a great day

Miriam Prantner said...

Two totally different cards using that same stamp, love that wild one, it just looks fantastic!

Penny Reed said...

That zebra print is wild! Love it! All the cards are wonderful TFS!

brenda said...

Love your cards but the first one is truly amazing!! The colors and shimmer just make the stamp look even more fabulous!!

Gail said...

Two stunning cards - funky black will appeal to young people and the quite colours for an Aunt or Grandma.

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

Love the rainbow zebra print ... and the CAS design of your second card.

Joyce Casaldi said...

Love how colorful the first card is, and how CAS the second is! Awesome cards and stamps!

Donna Cala said...

WOW! The zebra card could not be more eye-catching. I love the CAS layout of the second card.

Larissa Heskett said...

Wow!! Loving your FUN Inspiration!! Thanks so much for sharing and for the chances to win!! Have a Fabulous weekend!! ;)

Gina said...

I would never have gone for a zebra print background but these are gorgeous!

Deeps said...

I love the zebra background card. Lovely.

Gail Mc Nerney said...

Love the vibrant color on the first card and the simplicity of the second card......Great job!!

Anita in France said...

Oh my goodness, the zebra striped rainbow shimmer card is stunning, Sarah ... gorgeous! Love the simplicity of your second card! Anita :)

Deborah Montgomery said...

Love your cards Sarah! These stamps are all on my wish list so its nice seeing them used before I get them....and now I can't wait :)

CathyL said...

Fun cards, Sarah!

Sarah Thomson said...

Blue zebras - who knew they'd look so good!

cghundley said...

Wonderful cards,
great colors on
them.
Carla from Utah

Jeanie said...

cute cards

Linda said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful projects. The colors on the first one are so vibrant and I love the simplicity of both cards.

Linda D.

Michelle said...

So cool! I love the bright coloring in the zebra background. It just pops! Thanks for sharing on the blog hop.

Kim Potts said...

What a neat technique on the zebra card. Would love to see a video.

Barb Ghig said...

As always, your cards are absolutely GORGEOUS, Sarah! I love, love, love the first one with all that shine and glittery goodness...just beautiful!

sharon l-s said...

Both cards are awesome. I love the 1st card. The colors just pop. Thanks for sharing

Leni said...

Love your fun cards! Love the fun coloring on the zebra print.

ThePurplePlace said...

Hi Sarah,
Both of your cards are awesome...love all the bright colors in your Zebra card, plus that deep black embossing, which really makes it pop.

I also really like the simple CAS style and design of your second card. I love using banners in that way and the cards always look nice.

Congrats on being part of the Hero Hostess Team!! Lucky and very very talented group!!

Happy Crafting,
Lisa

Graciellie CH said...

Great wild cards! I loved that you used inktense color pencils... That is on my wishlist FOR SURE!

http://gracielliedesign.blogspot.com/

Dottie J said...

what a cute baby card! love it. love those flourished sentiments too.

Debra said...

Super designs and colors...you rock.

Annie Wills said...

Awesome backgrounds on these...thanks so much for sharing!

Mary-Anne V said...

What great animal themed cards...love the rainbow effect you created on the first.

Fiona said...

Love how you used the zebra stamp, and the colours, awesome.

Linda E. said...

Great backgrounds on these cards! Thanks for sharing.

Annmarie Demotto said...

Loved all the cards especially the neon zebra print
TFS your very talented

Suzi said...

You got me with the glittery shine! Beautiful!
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Cat Craig said...

adorably adventurous cards!

stlbarb said...

WOW! What a colorful zebra. Love it!

nancy said...

Love your shiny zebra print card!

Bev Hill said...

OMGosh, I love your zebra card. Another stamp to add to my ever growing wish list.

Melinda Ferraz said...

Great Cards!!! Love the zebra print stamp, must get it. Thanks for sharing.

Colorado Crafter said...

Wow, those are fabulous cards!!! I love how you used the animal print stamps!!

wimzcl1 said...


Really bright and happy.

JanLee said...

Such playful cards! Love them!

jp said...

That zebra card is wild! Love it!

Jona Moughty said...

really like what you did with the animal prints stamps - also love the color combos! Thanks for sharing!

Memories by Manda said...

Great cards- I love how you used the animal prints

karenelr said...

Both of your cards are stunning, but I am so impressed with the look of the 2nd card--such a CAS look however the tone on tone background stamped images are so amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Barb said...

love the cards. that first one is awesome.

Moid Ali said...

Love the card

Judy Tuck said...

Love the zebra card. So striking!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Such fun animal print cards, Sarah! Love the shimmery colorful zebra and the darling leopard/zebra combo! Thanks for the inspiration - such fun hopping with you this week!!

Elizabeth said...

That first card is stunning.

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

cute idea for a baby card - love the different colors and the top card kinda makes me want to say "groovy" thanks for sharing

Barb Housner

Nancy Carroll said...

That first zebra print blew me away.

Jill W. said...

Like the glitter effect on the colorful zebra stripes!

Cindy C. said...

Sarah you rocked the Zebra Print stamp! It's fabulous and vibrant!!

{VICKI} said...

I'm in desperate need of some bday cards.
gotta get to craftin!

Bunnyfreak said...

Love how you used the animal prints.

Diana said...

Cute cards!

maureen said...

interesting twist on the zebra stripe!

Amante del Papel said...

I love your fist cards is so stunning!!!

Vivian C. said...

Fun cards! I like the idea of combining prints.

Maye M.L said...

Got to love the flexibility of that zebra background stamp! Pretty cool the way you added color with the pencils.

Sue D said...

Very colorful zebra card and great idea for the baby card.

Pat said...

Love the cards! I love my inktense pencils, too! :)

Vera Rhuhay said...

Wow...Love the zebra background,Sarah! Your cards are Gorgeous! Love them All ♥

Kelly Flaherty said...

Lovely cards. Thanks for the inspiration

craftymom205 said...

Love the colorful background on the first one.

craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

no blog post said...

Love your clean and simple cards. Both are colorful and fun.

stamplover2011 said...

Love your first card! So bright and bold!

pcm said...

love how your colored the zebra stamp~

Judy1223 said...

Sarah, two great cards today! I really love the congrats card, such pretty colors and patterns!

BeeJay said...

Wow, I was totally blown away by the bright colors used with the zebra stamp! Awesome card... Who would have thought to use the animal prints for a baby card? You have expanded my thinking!

Amber said...

Gorgeous cards, love the colorful zebra one!

Anonymous said...

Loving the animal print background stamps!

Neesey said...

I love the way you used your background stamps. Great cards! TFS !

Joyce said...

Stunning cards. I love what you are doing with color.

ScrapaDiddle said...

Love those neon stripes, what a fun card!

Kim said...

Great prints!

Kim Hall said...

Gorgeous, love the animal prints!!

Little T said...

Great cards!

Amy L said...

I love what you have done with the Zebra stamp. I love anything colourful.

beaverphyllis said...

Great cards—love the animal prints!

Carolyn said...

Just love the animal prints .

Karen L K said...

Great idea on the baby card and cute with the animal prints. Interesting what you did with the black zebra print, the pencils and wink of Stella.

Sarah Gray said...

I didn't think that I needed the zebra stamp but you have completely changed my mind :) Love the vibrant zebra card and the tone on tone stamping - such different looks! Love the fonts of the sentiments too! Thanks for sharing your great designs.

Karenladd said...

Wow, that zebra background card is fabulous!! So fun and unique!

Reusing with Quilling said...

WOnderful ! Never thought animal prints could be used to make such stunning cards !

Anna-Karin S said...

I like the idea of using two animalprints in different colors for baby twins! Very cute!

SHartl said...

I really love that awesome rainbow zebra card! So colorful and different!

Samantha F. said...

Lovin' the neon colors of the zebra print card!

Dawn Turley said...

what delightful cards Sarah, Very impressive use of the stamp on the first card and love the softness of the tone on tone in the second one.

Cynthia Chan said...

Love these cards, good good ideas you share. Thank you.

Linda said...

love the second card, Sarah, totally my style. The two stamps look wonderful together! TFS!

patti said...

I'm usually not an animal print person but I love the way you have used them

Kathy M said...

Great background stamps and I love how you used them

pam said...

love the zebra stamp and how you use it!

Karen said...

super fun...the colours make me happy.

Lainey said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

Sandie said...

Very clever cards. thanks for being part of the hop.

~amy~ said...

Love the contrast between your two cards, super fun!

cheryl l. said...

That first card is So cool!! Love it!

Susanne Vargas said...

Great cards! So fun! Thanks for the inspiration!

stamping sue said...

two fantastic cards! the first one is my favorite with all the bright colors under the black embossing.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Dee Ann Matthews said...

Amazing use of color transforming the Zebra pattern into graphic art.
Beautiful!
Dee Ann Matthews

Anouk Munnik said...

Loving the animal prints! So many stamps I would love to get my hands on in this new catalogue!!

Anouk Munnik said...

Loving the animal prints! So many stamps I would love to get my hands on in this new catalogue!!

Diane said...

Both your cards are amazing. Love the bright colors used on your cards. Thanks for sharing.

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