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Welcome - Jayne Nelson!

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Today’s new Creative Team member is an exciting addition to the team. She’s a very loyal member of our Flickr group, and has won our blog challenges countless times. Every one of her creations makes us ooh and aah. We are beyond thrilled that she’ll be contributing regularly to our blog. Please welcome Jayne Nelson. You may know her as paperpicnic!


My name is Jayne Nelson and I am so honored to be part of the Hero Arts team! I was born in Kansas, raised in Iowa and after graduating college with Art and Computer Science degrees, I moved to Minnesota where I had a career in computer programming until I became a stay-at-home mom. I’ve been blessed with a very supportive husband and two amazing sons. I’ve been making cards and scrapbooks for many years. I discovered the online card-making community after taking a card class in 2012. I created an online gallery, entered my first Hero Arts challenge, began regularly posting cards in the Hero Arts Flickr group, and now I spend most of my free time stamping with my cherished Hero Arts supplies.


Welcome to the team, Jayne!


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Design Team Rewind - July!

Friday, July 31st, 2015


Hello and welcome to another Hero Arts Web Design Team Rewind, where we share a sampling of our favorite projects shared on the designers’ personal blogs over the past month!

This month we’d like to highlight a few posts where our creative team showed just how excellent they are at teaching! First is a really fun post from Yana, who shared how to color in stamped images using other stamps! Be sure to visit her blog and check out the video tutorial - it’s fantastic, as usual! We love how the Baby Animals look when they are colored in with Graphic Flowers, and would you believe, fruit and vegetables??


Mariana shared these absolutely adorable party straw tags, featuring the Baby Elephant woodblock stamp as well as messages from Little One. How sweet would these be at a baby shower? Mariana shared step by step photos to explain how to attach the tags to the straws on her blog post.


And last but not least, a wonderfully informative post from Yana, where she shared her favorite color combos when stamping the Color Layering Bird and Branch set. We really love how Mr. Bird looks in purple!


We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s summary! Be sure to visit the artists’ blogs regularly for more ideas and inspiration! You can find all of the links for the team over on the sidebar.

Happy Stamping!


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Happy Easter

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Hi! It’s Mariana here today sharing a very easy to make Easter card that features a pretty woodblock stamp called Easter Egg.


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

Lately I have been craving Spring, so it was very easy to select some yummy colors to create this card. I used another pretty woodblock stamp named Leafy Frame as a background frame for the eggs.


The eggs were simply stamped on Snow Layering Paper with three different colors of ink, and then trimmed with scissors.


The sentiment was white-embossed over a strip of layering paper, and I used this strip as the base for the eggs. I have to confess that the Pool Layering Papers are my favorite colors, because you can combine them with so many other colors to create cards for almost any occasion!

Before I go, a reminder that the Nature Challenge is still underway, so you have until March 20th to submit your creations! :-)

Well, that’s all from me today. Thanks for joining me!


Butter Bar Shadow Ink Mid-Tone (AF207) Tide Pool (AF223) Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Ink (AF263) Gemstones (2mm) Adhesive Crystals (CH112) Light Blue Gemstones (CH125) Pink Accent Pearls (CH171)
Celebrate Everyday (CL498) Easter Egg (D6011) LEAFY FRAME (K6077) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Embossing Powder - White (PW110)
Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Love Tags

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Hey Everyone!!! It’s time to crank out some Valentines, so let’s get started. I had never used our Little Tags cling stamps, so I dug them out and tossed around some ideas. I “LOVE” collaging bits and pieces, but my first card took WAY too long to duplicate for all my Valentine friends.


I decided to simplify and just use a few tags and the matching dies. And who said cards have to be the default 4 1/4 x 5 1/2?? I love SMALL things, so I cut this red card down so the tags fit better!


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

If you’d like, you can even decorate your envelope! How fun is this stamp from the cling set Letters to create a little area on your card for the address?


Whatever you chose, just make a small Valentine and send it off to your friends…everyone needs a little love!!


Little Tags (AC020) Black Ink Pad (AF101) Red Royal (AF225) Sparkle Gems Hearts (CH142) Stamp&Cut Hearts (DC143) HELLO STAMP & CUT (DC151)
Heart Frame (DI008) Long and Cute Tags (DI046) Layered Hearts (DI057) Printer's Type Alphabet (LL761) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Floral Mixed Layering Paper (PS619)
Blush Mixed Layering Paper (PS620)

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Cheers to a New Year!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Hi, it’s Kelly here with one more card to share in 2014!

Hero Arts Cheers by Kelly Rasmussen 1

I created an embossed triangle background using the same technique as I did on this card. Then I stamped the Bold Cheers message over the top along with the year using the Stamp & Cut Flag set.

I used a craft knife to cut out several of the triangles to allow the Pool card base to show though.

Hero Arts Cheers by Kelly Rasmussen 2

Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

I also created a small happy new year banner using the Stamp & Cut Flag set. I punched two  1/8″ holes in each flag and threaded them on a piece of embroidery floss.  And in between each word I made some small pom-pom’s with white yarn.

Hero Arts New Years Banner by Kelly Rasmussen

I hope you all have a safe and happy new year! See you in 2015!


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Stamp&Cut Flag (DC136) Triangle Background (DI089) Bold Cheers (H5953) Pool Layering Paper (PS653) Water Mist Bottle (WM101)

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Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Special Thanks Blog Hop

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014


Hello friends! Today we are participating in a very special blog hop in honor of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine. (You should have arrived from Chaitali Narla’s blog…if not, you may want to back up and start from the beginning.)

The Hero Arts team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking over the years. The magazine has been such an incredible source of inspiration, and the paper crafting world has been made infinitely brighter as a result. It’s amazing that so many people can come together because of their love for this hobby, and PC&S has been HUGE in fostering that passion within the community. There is no way to measure the number of people the magazine has inspired, or the number of friendships it has sparked — those connections reach around the world and are certain to be long lasting. It is in these connections and friendships that the magazine will endure.

Simply said…from the heart…THANK YOU, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking.


We wish the PC&S family a fond farewell and all the best in the future.


Here’s to making beautiful things with your hands and your heart. Here’s to Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking.

Please keep the love going by hopping over to the blog of Nadine Perez. (The complete blog list is also posted below.)

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Charcoal Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (AF236) Cupcake Frame (DI009) Thank You Grid (K5926) Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Midnight Mixed Layering Paper (PS697) Embossing Powder - Clear (PW104)
Embossing Gun (PW200) VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad (VC250)

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Nutcracker Joy

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Hi, it’s Libby here today and I’m sharing a new Nutcracker set that you can find at Paper Source stores and in their online store.

I absolutely love nutcrackers, and I love The Nutcracker ballet. So this set is right up my alley!


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

I combined a colored and trimmed nutcracker with a Snowflake die-cut coated in glitter.


The set also includes images of Clara, the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy. I’ll definitely be using the entire set on a scrapbook page documenting my annual trip to see The Nutcracker with my daughter soon!


Thanks for stopping by today,


Tide Pool (AF223) Earth Mixed Accents (CH214) Peace Poinsettias (CL796) Stamp & Cuts® Fancy Cuts Holidays (DC117) Snowflake (DI064) Nutcracker (LP374)
Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640)

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Organization Ideas: Kelly’s Craft Room Part 4

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Happy Friday, everyone! Over the past few months I’ve been sharing some peeks into my craft room and the way I organize my supplies. (Here is Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.) And today I’ve got a few more organization ideas to share including the big one — stamps!

Kelly Rasmussen Stamp Drawer

I store all the clear stamps I have in this deep, divided drawer. Two months ago this drawer was overflowing with stamps and had no organization whatsoever. I desperately needed to downsize my stamps and organize them into categories. After clearing out over half of the stamps that I probably would never use again, I am now left with extra room to grow!

Kelly Rasmussen Clear Stamp Storage 1

Kelly Rasmussen Clear Stamp Storage 2

I’ve always loved Jennifer’s pocket stamp storage method, so I decided to try it out. The stamp pockets are from Avery Elle and I made the dividers from laminated pocket folders.

Since I cleared out so many clear stamps, I had room to move my woodblock background stamps to this drawer, too.


On the other side of my desk I have a unit with four shallow drawers where I store my inks that I have previously shared. These drawers are also great for woodblock stamps. I love that I can see at a glance what I have and I could even double up and do two layers of stamps if I need to down the road.

Kelly Rasmussen Wood Stamps 1

And this drawer below holds more wood stamps…mostly bigger ones that can easily be stacked up similar to the background stamps.

Kelly Rasmussen Wood Stamps 2

Next up, I wanted to share about a container that I think is wonderful for so many things! I have these all over my house and use them for several things in my craft room.

This clear storage bin is only $1.00 and can be found almost anywhere (Target, Walmart, Dollar Store, etc.). It is the perfect size to hold 6×6 paper pads. It’s easy to grab off my shelf to flip though and I am able to fit 25-30 6×6 pads stored in just one container.

Kelly Rasmussen 6x6 Paper Storage

I also have my Hero Arts notecards and envelopes organized in these containers. Again, a perfect fit!

Kelly Rasmussen Notecards + Envelopes 1

Kelly Rasmussen Notecards + Envelopes 2

I love that this container is a very affordable option for anyone and works great for a variety of supplies!

Thanks for joining me today!


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Sending Love

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Hello and happy Friday! One of the things I like to do when I get any new holiday stamps and supplies is see how they can be repurposed to create non holiday projects. When I first saw the Under the Mistletoe stamp set, I saw flower petals… specifically rudbeckia daisies which grow in abundance in my garden…


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Aren’t they gorgeous? So I challenged myself to create a rudbeckia themed non holiday card using just the Under the Mistletoe stamp set. I love the fact that this set comes with this all occasion ‘Sending Love’ sentiment - it was just the perfect accompaniment for my flower.


I added some Gold Shimmer Spray to my tag for a bit of extra interest. It adds a lovely subtle shimmer.


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

I hope I have inspired you to take a look at your holiday supplies and see how you can use them all year round. It’s such a great way to get more for your money.

Have a great day,


Black Ink Pad (AF101) Neutral Mixed Accents (CH215) Under the Mistletoe (CL797) Long and Cute Tags (DI046) Snow Folded Cards (PS566) Earth Mixed Layering Paper (PS624)
Gold Shimmer Spray (WM116)

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Autumn Leaf Shaker Card

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Hello. It’s Lucy here today with a Autumnal shaker card that I created with some digital cut files for the Silhouette. Shaker cards are so much fun to make and much easier than they seem, and Hero Arts Silhouette cut files make them even easier. For my card today, I took two different cut files - Fall Leaves and Script Thanks - and merged them together to create a custom design. I love this feature!


I filled my shaker window with lots and lots of sequins in various Autumn shades. It looks so pretty when it catches the light.


Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

Hero Arts have a library of nearly 2500 Silhouette cut files - there are so many different shapes and patterns to choose from, many of which would be perfect for shaker cards. Head over to the Silhouette online store to take a look.

Have a great day,


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