Monday, October 24, 2016

Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop!

Hi everyone,


I'm stopping by today as part of the Hero Hostess Blog Hop. You should be arriving from the fabulous Sue McRae's blogHero Arts will be awarding 4 prizes ($25 shopping sprees to Hero Arts online shop) from randomly drawn comments. For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on Oct. 24th and 25th, including each day’s ending post at the Hero Club Blog by 11:59pm PT Sunday Oct 30 for a chance to win. 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 Blog.

Here's the first card I'm sharing today:


I white heat embossed Hero Arts Rings Bold Prints Stamp on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock. I then painted the circles in with Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors. The sentiment was created with the Hero Arts Congrats Stamp And Cuts.

Here's my second card:


For this card I used the same Hero Arts Rings Bold Prints Stamp for a tone on tone background. For the focal point I used Hero Arts Color Layering Cardinal Stamps. This might just be my first time using Color Layering Stamps and I was blown away by how realistic they make the image look. Just beautiful! Once I finished stamping my image I used an Ink Blending Tool and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to create the sky and added some sequins and pearls to make my flowers. The sentiment was white heat embossed on black cardstock.


Thanks for stopping by! You next stop on the hop is the sweet Nancy Krueger's blog.
Sarah

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Suzanne C said...

The circles resist is so fun and whimsical! Love the mix of colors. The cardinal card is fabulous!

Heather Doran said...

Wonderful cards, Sarah! I love your gorgeous colouring and embossing on the first card! Perfect layered stamping of the cardinal and he looks great perched on the branch with pretty flowers! It has been great fun hopping with you again:)

Unknown said...

These little sequins and pearls to make cute tiny flowers is something I need to remember. Thanks for the inspiration!



Cynthia

Teresa Doyle said...

Nice work Sarah. The first card is so fun and colourful and the cardinal is amazing!

kReN K said...

That bold prints background stamp is awesome. I love how you added all that color with the simple sentiment! Great project and thanks for the inspiration! kReN@afourthlife

Lee Ellen Chinn said...

Love birds. The cardinal stamp set is a must have

StampinLouie said...

Sarah I love your cards. The cardinal is beautiful!

~amy~ said...

Both of your cards are awesome but the Rings Bold Prints = FABulous.

BeverlyBL said...

Your circle card is so bright and fun. Your cardinal card is so pretty, and I love your clever sequin flowers.

Nandini said...

Wow! The Bold Prints background is really awesome! And I love the robin. It looks really life like!

Kailash said...

Wow these are all so fabulous, Love the bold prints background and that cardinal is gorgeous!!!

Jan Elmore said...

Hops are my favorite way of getting ideas on using new products and color combos! Thanks!

gabriella said...

Very bright and colorful, I am enjoying the hop so far

Michelle Liimatainen said...

Sarah, these are awesome. I love how you used that background stamp in two very different ways and each packs a wonderful punch. Just great, great cards. You never disappoint! :)

paperpicnic said...

These are wonderful, Sarah! I love how you've watercolored the rings on the first card!! It's amazing!

Judy Hendrix said...

Oh my gosh, Sarah, your cards are so colorful. You have inspired me to try something new! Thank you!

Kathy H said...

The cardinal card is so bright and pretty!

diana said...

Great cards! :)

Isabelle said...

Beautiful cards. I love the colors of the first one, it's very joyful.

Shelly said...

These are so pretty, Sarah!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love both cards, Sarah! The colorful rings background makes card 1 a delight for the eyes! I love your cardinal on the branch with the sequin flowers too!!

Sharon Wentz said...

I love your Cardinal card, you did a great job of it!

Scraplea 1 said...

Love your cards, especially the beautiful color and design of the first one! Thanks for sharing on the fun blog hop!!

Egret said...

The bold rings stamp is fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration.

patti said...

Your cards are lovely!!!

Debra Rumpza said...

I love the Rings card! so colorful

Russell Productions said...

Love the colors and both cards. Thanks for sharing.

Donna Whitten said...

Love both of your pretty cards!

cissi said...

Love your cards. The first one is so colorful and fun and the second so stylish!

Cyndee said...

I like how you colored the background on the first card, especially when I saw the stamp image at the bottom of your blog. The coloring on the second card was just beautiful - both the bird and the blue background.

Sabrina said...

Fabulous cards!!!

Nina B said...

Love these cards!

Melynn said...

Really fun circle card-you could use it for any occasion by changing the sentiment. The Cardinal card is just stunning.

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards!! Love the cardinal!! It looks like a framed piece of art!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Love that colorful Congrats card.

Lindar C said...

Beautiful cards, I love the stamp layering bird.

Linda S. said...

Both cards are beautiful.

Sue LD said...

Beautiful cardinal card and love the fun colors on the first one.

Leslie Kiley said...

Great fun cards and so vibrant! I am in the holiday spirit now!

Debrah Binard said...

Wow! Love the circles background stamp and what you have done with it!

Debrah Binard said...

Wow! Love the circles background stamp and what you have done with it!

LaVon Hall said...

Love the cardinal. Great work.

Lin said...

Beautifully done, as always, Sista! Such a joy to all be together again!

Linda M said...

Love how you used the rings background stamp, and the cardinal is awesome! Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards!

Martha Berry said...

I always stumble using ink blending, but I am inspired to keep trying after seeing your cards. It's kind of a tricky technique me, having some hand problems. Enjoyed seeing your cards. The first one is unique in the coloring.

Barb said...

Love your colorful circles, Sarah! Such a fun card! And the red frame surrounding your blue background looks gorgeous on your cardinal card! Sure has been fun getting back together with you and all the hostesses! ♥

CinnamonSally said...

Love both cards Sarah, your cardinal is fabulous.

Ericka O said...

You've done great layouts for your cards.

Carol Didier said...

Oh- the circles made me so happy!!! Awesome cards.

danceswithhooves said...

I especially enjoy the cardinal card!

Bobby said...

I love the celebratory feel of the first card and that cardinal is gorgeous.

Renee Thompson said...

I just love your cardinal!

donna mikasa said...

Wonderful cards, Sarah! Another handsome cardinal--looks like he'll be going into my cart, too!

joy said...

Two completely different types of cards, but each one is gorgeous! Love the layered cardinal stamp!!

cghundley said...

Love all that color
on your first card
and the red bird is
so pretty!
Carla from Utah

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Love all the happy, bright colors of your first card.
But the cardinal, love him! That set is on my wish list.

Tiffany Ervin said...

Beautiful inspiration, Sarah! Really loving that Cardinal Bird set!!

Barbara said...

The first card is so whimsical and so beautifully colored with the watercolors. But then I saw the card with he cardinal and it is beautifully created as well. Love them both!

Robin said...

Sarah - I'm smitten with your cardinal - he's quite the gentlemen! His coloring makes him the star of this great card!

PaperSunshine said...

So pretty! Love the sequin layering idea!

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

Such wonderful colourful dots!
And just LOVE the red and blue for Christmas.

Deedles said...

Wow-great cards. Love how you used the Rings Bold Prints stamp

vicenta ghylin said...

Great cards. Awesome Cardinal card. Thank you for sharing your ideas and techniques.

Dee Earnshaw said...

pretty cards - love the cardinal and the lovely REDS you have used:)

Geri Stuart said...

Lovely cards! he cardinal looks so real - that's a set I'd love!

Louanne said...

Great cards - I absolutely love the circle card! Great colors and design. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lindsay S said...

Love the colors on your circle card!

Judy Tuck said...

What a lovely colourful background for your first card and the cardinal on your second card is stunning!

Emily Leiphart said...

These are both so pretty, Sarah! I love all the colours on that background stamp and the cardinal is one of my favourites. Love how you layered the sequins to create blooms. It’s been so fun hopping with all my hostess sisters again!

stampwithsandy said...

Sarah both your cards are gorgeous! The bubbles are so much fun and the cardinal so elegant!

Deborah Nolan said...

Both are beautiful, but I love the bold watercolor circles best. (You've given this color junkie her daily fix for sure!)

Nancy Ketcham said...

The card with the rings is so festive!

Jean said...

Wonderful cards! Each is so different and fun!

Tammy J said...

I really think this card is pretty. What did you do to the sequins. They look like lights.

Betsey Terry said...

love to use the cardinal on holiday cards (although I see them year round in STL). Thanks for the inspiration, need to jump on my cards!

Diann Brodnax said...

Love love love your cards! The background on the congrats card is awesome! :)

Kori Malakie said...

You time to celebrate card is a lot of fun! I love the colors!

Z Sullivan said...

Both cards are beautiful, but I love the tone on tone and the blue background against the red of the cardinal. Fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration.

Char K said...

fun circle card and love the sequin flowers on the branch!

Maureen Chandler said...

Both cards are wonderful - great special touches and techniques!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Cindy C. said...

Super fun and bright circle card, the sequin flowers are darling!

cm said...

Beautiful cards! Love the circle celebration of the first; the pretty cardinal of the second! Feeling festive!
~carol

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Fun blog hop! So many wonderful work here!

mtscrapgal said...

Love the big "congrats die on the first card. The cardinal is beautiful on the second. Thanks

Virginia Lu said...

Each one is a GEM!! I can't pick a favorite, Sarah! Happy to be hopping along with you!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

I love how fun your circle card is. Great colors. The bird card is gorgeous. TFS

Mary Holshouser said...

The cardinal is beautiful.
Well worthy of his picture
being framed. the
circles look like bubbles
the kids blow.
fantastic cards.
thanks for sharing.

Naama said...

Beautiful! Love the colors and the sequin flowers are just brilliant!!

Carol Ric said...

The cardinal is gorgeous. I love this set. tfs!

Linda said...

Great cards especially the first one with all the beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Linda R. said...

Great cards! That cardinal is so pretty. You did a wonderful job with him.

Betty Keefe said...

two wonderful cards Sarah - love the pretty cardinal with the blue

foggy b said...

Amazing cards! Your first card, so colorful. Thanks for sharing.

Barbie said...

the rings stamp is so fun, and I love the colors. thanks so much for the bright spot in my day!!

Lucy Schmidt said...

Oh, how I wish we had cardinals here; however, circles and any type of sphere are among my favorite shapes. How nice that they even mimic your blog header! Such nice, soft watercolors. On to my list the circle stamp goes.... ;-)

Kathy MacDonald said...

The cardinal layering stamp is a definite favourite of mine, such rich colouring option as well. Lovely card.

Talitha Wright said...

Beautiful cardinal card and I love the watercolor look of the other card.

Satori said...

Bold cardinal project and happy watercolours!

Anne said...

Love both cards Sarah. Love the watercolors in the first one. Very pretty.

anmatt1@aol.com

Kathy said...

What vibrant color on your cards! A modern feel to them.

Sherri Thacker said...

I love those rings on the first card. The cardinal is gorgeous !

Nadinebd said...

Really like the card you did with the Hero Arts Bold Prints stamp. It would work so often. Thank you

Denise candelaria said...

Love the resist its great, but I have to say the tone on tone is great, love you thinking outside the box.

Irene said...

Beautiful bright water coloring onyour Congrats card. Need to try this.

fdgtgrl said...

The first card is nice !!! So colorful and festive ...

Christy Q said...

Beautiful cards! The color combination on the first card is just striking and I love how you made the flowers on your second card - super cool!!!

judy said...

I love your colorful cards~

flossn1 said...

Love the heat embossed rings

Janelle said...

Your first card is So Happy! Then I saw your Cardinal....Love it. Beautiful shading.

lucyberge said...

Very bright and cheerful cards. Thank you for sharing.

I Card Everyone said...

Gorgeous! I'm seeing some really fun bubbly champagne for this celebration!
=]

ksdavis1947 said...

Love the rings background. Fun! The cardinal is beautifully done. Looks so real!

Zelda C said...

Gorgeous cards! I like how you made the flowers - so clever!

Susan K said...

What fun and beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing. Cardinals are always welcoming on holiday cards. Cute sequin flower - so clever.

Amy C. said...

The red bird is beautiful for a winter card and I love the bright colors on the circle design.

Katrina said...

I like the water colored circles :)

Elena said...

I love the brightness of your cards. The circle resist really appeals to me 😊

bzyPTmom said...

Both of your cards are pretty--love the watercoloring!

Margarita Navarro-Rivera said...

The coloring on your rings bold prints stamp is fantastic and I agree that the layering makes the cardinal very life like!

Farley said...

Awesome cards. I especially like the Rings watercolor card.

Taralu said...

Two very different cards, yet equally creative. Something new to try! Thanks , Sarah!

croppergal said...

Wow, Sarah, I just love how these POP! with colour and vitality! They are beautiful & I can tell you had fun playing!

Crafty Little Peach said...

So much beautiful pops of color! TFS

Pitney said...

Those water color circles are so cheery!!!!

justasiam said...

Love both cards, but especially the first!

Lura Wadman said...

Both cards are great. Love the cardinal

KimberlyRae said...

Well, Hello there! I'm inspired by your work :-)

KimberlyRae said...

Well, Hello there! I'm inspired by your work :-)

Pat R said...

The congrats card is so pretty and fun, but that cardinal looks like her could just fly away!

jcobb said...

Beautiful work! I am falling more and more in love with that cardinal!

Rema said...

Beautiful cards!

Robin Platt said...

Great cards. You're so right,the layer stamping makes the cardinal look realistic. Awesome job!

Camwall said...

Love the background and the cardinal...so beautiful.

Ann Washabaugh said...

Great cards! Thanks for sharing and the inspiration! Happy Crafting.

Beverly said...

Two very different cards, but both are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Bella Ruby Creations said...

I have the layering cradinal set. Its amazing how beautiful it can be when you play around with different hues. Thanks for the blog hop!

Bella Ruby Creations said...

I have the layering cradinal set. Its amazing how beautiful it can be when you play around with different hues. Thanks for the blog hop!

Kittie said...

You cards are both lovely but I especially love the one with the cardinal.

Deeps said...

I love the bright watercolor look of the first card and your cardinal is wonderful.

Sheila H said...

Your cards are lovely - thanks for sharing.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the wonderful artsy look of the circles. Especially like the Cardinal.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Denise Bryant said...

Pretty cards! Love that beautiful cardinal!

A thinker and creator said...

I adore the coloring of the circles and the bird has so much depth it almost seems like it's popping off the page.

Arlene said...

I love how the first card can be used for so many types of celebrations, events, WOW. Love the colors.

I love the cardinal. It looks like you have the combination of colors for layering down perfect. WOW

So great to be hopping with you again.

Abby said...

I really like the 'rings' card.

Dar said...

The circle card is so bright and cheerful. Love that!

Carolee McCaslin said...

Your cards are wonderful!!!

Denise K said...

Wow love the look. It has almost a painting look to it. Gorgeous work.

rosalie said...

Thanks Sarah for the chance to win! I love your sweet cards and love the cardinal!

Jean Bullock said...

Lovely cards. My favorite is the Cardinal card. Well done.

pcm said...

love them both but that first card is so fun!

Cheryl Bates said...

Sarah, Thank you for providing inspiration with your creative cards. The resist work on the first card makes it look cheerful. Your careful placement of the diecut word above the sentiment is awesome.
Great cards. Thanks again for sharing.
Cheryl

Mary Beth Krakowski said...

I really like the simplicity of the layout of both your cards, they are just beautiful.

Dottie Acosta said...

Love the circles card😊

Bonnie Mayo said...

Very pretty cards!

Diane said...

Love both of your cards. The colors that you chose for the circles are so much fun and feel very festive. I also loved the subtle details in the background and your stamping (the cardinal) is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

inkenstinker said...

That cardinal card is stunning!!!

Eve N said...

Great cards; you are so versatile. The coloring on the cardinal background is fantastic.

Norma T. Gomez said...

The Layering Cardinal is so versatile and lifelike looking! Beautiful background and composition. The "congrats" card with the Bold Print Stamp is beautiful, love your colors!

Patricia Nikkila said...

The red with blue background cardinal card just pops.

Pennie Glasser said...

Super cute cards. So creative, thanks for sharing

cindybearj said...

I love that cardinal. The red against the blue is so beautiful!

Karen said...

These are great! Love that Cardinal !

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Awesome cards. I like the colors on the first card.

Karen L K said...

Nice cards! That cardinal looks great and it might go onto the must have list.

Carissa said...

Loving the circles. Had looked at that stamp before, nice to see an example of how its used. Thanks.

Vesta McDonald said...

Love the cardinal. Such vibrant colors.

Leni said...

Love how you used the circle stamp on one card more as the focal point, and at the other card as a background! And I think I love that congrats word too, makes a wonderful card together!

Trollet65 said...

Gorgeus cards! That cute robin is hopping right along with us, he's on almost every post :)

sweetcheeks said...

love the cards. Very festive

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Amazing cards!!!!

Cynthia said...

Love both of your cards but I am partial to the cardinal.

florence Mouradoff said...

Vraiment ce cardinal est vraiment fabuleux et j'aime aussi les couleurs des ronds bravo

Shelley C said...

I love that background stamp!!!

Pamela said...

LOVE the circles card!

Arlene said...

Love the use of colors on both cards and your watercoloring !

Pam Pam said...

Love the ring stamp design, colors are great!

Melissa Friedrich said...

Beautiful watercolored Bold Rings background card, love the color combo. The cardinal is amazing on your other card, love it with the tumbled glass ink blended background.

janine mendez said...

Your cards are gorgeous- love the colours so eye catching

Cathy said...

Love both of your cards! They are beautiful.

Mary C. said...

The cardinal card is lovely .... and I LOVE the "rings" card!

Daria Z. said...

Sarah, your watercolor circle background is just so fun! Your cardinal card is simply beautiful.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Such pretty cards Sarah. Love the colorful circles on the first one... so bright and cheerful. That cardinal is so pretty. Love the soft blue background and those sweet blooms.

Nana Griffin said...

Nice job on both.

Elaine said...

Your cards are beautiful, but I especially like he circles one.

Judy said...

Love the cards!

Tinkerbeth said...

Love your cards, especially the first, so bright and colorful!

Amber McGary said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jeannie Ross said...

Beautiful, cherry and happy. Thanks for sharing

Kim Faucher said...

Such gorgeous coloring! Rich and vibrant colors!

daisy555777 said...

Your cards are so colorful and pretty. Love how you used the watercolor look on the circles.
Love the cardinal.

Sherry said...

love both cards! love the word die and stamp set on the first one and love that cardinal!

Sherri Clifford said...

Oh my goodness! The rings card is so happy and fun. I love it! I have to have the cardinal stamp. It is gorgeous.

jandbspiegel said...

I really like geometrics - so the circle card really caught my eye. Love the watercoloring too.

Alaska .Kris said...

Perfect! I'm new to the multi layering stamps too and show my first on my blog!

Sue McRae said...

Your congrats card is so fun and colourful and your cardinal looks fabulous!

Karen said...

The way you made those little flowers with the sequins is so clever!

SandraA said...

Love, Love, Love the embossed circles card! Colorful makes me smile. TFS.

Cathy A said...

Lovely colourful designs Sarah x

graham Brand said...

Love the colourful circles and the cardinal is just beautiful!

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