Crafty Comeback Party - Day 10 - Hero Arts + Blog Hop Giveaway

Good morning, and Happy Friday!!  I hope that you have had an amazing week so far, and are gearing up for a great weekend!

Today I am joining in with Hero Arts & their creative team for a "Jump into the Holidays" blog hop!!  We are hopping to celebrate all things fall and winter - and to rev up your holiday cardmaking motors!  The blog hop lineup is full of amazing designers, and you are sure to be inspired along the way.  I know that I can't wait to grab a cup of coffee and check it all out!

I am the second stop on the hop, so you should have come from the Hero Arts blog.  If you've happened upon my blog and want to take part in the hop, no worries!  I am at almost the beginning, so you can head over to the Hero Arts blog and start.  I will also include the full blog hop list at the end of my post.

I decided to create with Christmas in mind!  I've created 3 cards, showing 3 different ways to use the Star Confetti Fancy die.  Here is a peek at all three of them!


For my first card, I blended a block of white Strathmore Bristol art paper with Distress Oxide inks (all colors linked below) until it looked how I wanted it.  I then layered the Star Confetti cutting plate directly to the top of it.  I spritzed it with water so each star filled up with water, then soaked it up with a paper towel.  Because this ink is reactive to water, all of the beautiful stars reveal themselves in the blended ink!  After that I misted it with white Heidi Swapp color shine to give it a shimmer, and flicked white watercolor droplets to the front.  The finished result looks like this!

I used the same design for all three cards so that I could focus on creating three distinctly different backgrounds.  The rest of the card design is fairly simple.  I cut the snowy scene from different glitter papers using the Hero Arts Snowy Drifts die, and layered them together with dimensional adhesive.  I cut circles using the Hero Arts Infinity Circle dies from blocks of Neenah solar white cardstock, then stamped the sentiments in the white space.  All of the sentiments come from the Poster Christmas Carol stamp set....which is amazing!  I adore Christmas music, so this stamp set was a must have for me! I know it is going to get a lot of great use this holiday season!

Once everything was diecut, stamped & dry...I just layered them together with my trusty 3M foam tape to create three beautiful cards!!



For my next card I created a watercolor galaxy background using a standard watercolor cake palette, then misted it with white Color Shine & flicked white droplets to the front.  Then I diecut some of the Star Confetti from white glitter cardstock, and scattered them to the top of the watercolor panel.  I adhered them down with a glue pen after, but scattering them first gave the star placement a more random feel!


For my final card, I created an ombre sky by brushing the top half of the background with a Zig Clean Brush marker in turquoise.  I then used a large watercolor brush to fade it to the bottom of the base in an ombre fashion.  Then I cut the Star Confetti from this background, and mounted it to light yellow cardstock so it peek through the cutout stars!


There you have it!  Three really fun ways use the Star Confetti fancy die!  There are so many other ways to use this die that I can't wait to try in the very near future - like using it as a stencil, or with embossing paste....the possibilities are endless!  This is definitely a must-have when it comes to cover plate types of dies!!

GIVEAWAY
Hero Arts is graciously giving away a $25 gift certificate, randomly chosen from all of the comments left at every stop along the blog hop. To enter, leave a comment on any of the blogs by Friday, November 10 at 11:59pst, and the winner will be announced here on my blog the on Sunday, November 12.


BLOG HOP LINK LIST
The Hero Arts Blog
Lea Lawson {----- you are here
Ilina Crouse
Jana Millen
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Lisa Stein
Coralynn Murray
Donna Idlet
Emily Midgett
Kelly Szafron
Kimberly Rendino
Melissa Chipperfield
Michelle Lupton
Swapna Patil
Tracy Freeman
Libby Hickson


Have an awesome time hopping along, and be sure to leave everyone some love!!  They all worked so hard to help make day 10 of my Crafty Comeback Party a success, and I know that you are going to be so inspired!

Facebook will be a great way to stay tuned in to this month long party & all the giveaways, so be sure to LIKE my page and then hit the FOLLOW button right next to it! :)

For your shopping convenience, all products are linked below. {Includes affiliate linking where possible - this allows small compensation for me at no cost to you.  Never fear - I will only ever link to products that I truly love & use!}

Comments

  1. Oh my your cards are so lovely

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  2. All 3 cards are lovely. So colorful and sparkly!

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  3. I love them all. I love the mountains. Makes me feel like I am there for the winter. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. These are so beautiful. I want to try those ombre skies!

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  5. A lovely trio of Silent Night cards that fill me with joy and a sense of peace. Festive spirit soaring...now to translate that into action because I have maybe three Christmas cards made so far! Once I'm done Halloween, I'll get going (panic button sure to be pressed *grin*). Happy weekend!
    ~carol

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  6. All three of your cards are Gorgeous, Lea! So many beautiful star backgrounds!

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  7. All 3 cards are beautiful. I love the different ways you can use a die.
    I LOVE the purple BG - it's my fave color, so that's a no-brainer for me. lol

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  8. Love the cards. Thanks for the tips on how to use the die in different ways!

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  9. Very pretty, shimmery cards with this die.

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  10. Simple but effective. Lovely and sparkly

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  11. So beautifully done and gorgeous. Sparkle that is just the perfect accent.

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  12. Fantastic shaker cards. Love them! The backgrounds are amazing!

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  13. Wow, Lea, what gorgeous cards! I love the design & the awesome colored backgrounds!

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  14. So, so beautiful! I love this design and all the sparkle!

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  15. stunning cards - love all the glitter:)

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  16. I like each of the background techniques and colors you put together. Simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Your cards are all so pretty!!

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  18. I love all three of your Christmas cards. They are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing..

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  19. A trio of beautiful Chridtmas cards. Love the glitter.

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  20. Eeeeek! I about fell over when I saw your cards - they are so gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us!

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  21. Ahhhhh! I love these cards but I need to know about those enamel dots! I need them! Where are they from?

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  22. You cards are so beautiful.. Glad you are back crafting. I look forward to seeing more of you :)

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  23. Darn... now I know I should have put that star confetti die in my cart the other day when HA had their sale! LOL I was waffling on it and ultimately talked myself out of it. Oh well... I'll add it to my order when I get my kit next month. :) I absolutely adore what you did with it and how you featured it three different ways.

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  24. Such lovely cards. The glitter paper you die cut looks amazing.

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  25. I love the background on the first card!

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  26. Fabulous use of the die!
    All the cards are pretty and
    festive.
    Carla from Utah

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  27. Love these cards lea. Welcome back!

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  28. The glitter on these and the sky's just makes me swoon!

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  29. I love how you got such different looks for each card with the same ingredients. Thanks for sharing your variety of techniques - inspiring as always. I really like the mountains in the middle card - what a difference the different glitter makes.

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  30. These cards are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing how you made them.

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  31. Thank you for sharing how you made all those beautiful night time skies! Lovely cards!

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  32. Thank you for showing three ways to use the star confetti die. I love products that can be used in different ways, and you sure did that. They all came out beautiful.

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  33. Beautiful cards! I love everything about them... the circle focal point, the stars, and the mountains! Just beautiful. !

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  34. These cards are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  35. Three very beautiful Christmas cards. Love tha sparkle and shine.

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  36. Framing the scenes in a large circle is a wonderful idea. They are beautiful cards.

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  37. Every card has a beauty of its own. I really like "the stars are brightly shining". Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Amazingly beautiful cards, let the season begin!

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  39. Beautiful cards! Oh, all these backgrounds are stunning. Great selection of colors, I'm really blown away, these are so gorgeous.

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  40. Beautiful cards! Love your color combinations!

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  41. Beautiful cards! I have this die and will be sure to use it when I start on my Christmas cards.

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  42. Beautiful cards! Love the technique of spritzing water through the cutting die. How creative! My only problem is that I am having trouble reading the blog because the font is so pale-especially the pink links. Ahhh seniors and their eyes:)

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  43. Lovely compositions and color combinations!

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  44. Your cards are beautiful. I love them.

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  45. Wow these cards are stunning! Love the sparkle!

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  46. Wow!! These are gorgeous winter cards!! Superb!! Love them!!

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  47. I really like your purple card best, the colors just sparkle

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  48. Beautiful cards and a creative way to use the fancy dies.

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  49. Really beautiful cards! Love the colors of the third one, so unusual and pretty!

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  50. That die is so versatile! Love how all 3 cards are the same but different :-)

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  51. These are very pretty! Love it seeing all these great companies celebrating your crafty comeback!!!

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  52. Gorgeous cards! Thanks for letting me be a part of this fun hop!

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  53. The cards you made are beautiful! Great idea to use the infinity circle dies. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  54. These are so beautiful! I just love all the sparkle :)

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  55. Such beautiful cards! I love the design of all three!

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  56. Stunning cards, thank you for sharing

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  57. Love that all 3 cards are the same but different!

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  58. I like how you used the same design on these three cards but each still looks "different." Good job on these Lea! I love "the stars are shining brightly" one.

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  59. Very coll and classy cards. Love the three different looks with the same layout.

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  60. Beautiful cards!
    LOVE your layered scenes, ADORE your inky skies - WOW!

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  61. Absolutely love the different looks you achieved with the same supplies and layout. Amazing work!

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  62. Fabulous starry sky techniques!! Your cards are just fabulous!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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