CHA 2015: Hero Arts

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Hero Arts usually starts the year with a HUGE catalogue and release. This year? Mixing it up they will release four (quarterly) catalogs and space things out more. I’m all for this – just like I’m all for many of the fantastic products they have in this initial offering.

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I love the animals and their big heads (above) – not sure how much I’d be using them but oh they are cute. The two stamp sets that caught my eye and had me really excited? See below.

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The amore stamp is exactly the kind of thing I want to see more of. Not just the word, but the inspired styling that reminds me of paper banners from Mexico. I wish we saw more Spanish inspiration (also Polynesian, Scandinavian, Egyptian, Greek….) to freshen up designs and just add new ideas to our usual mix. Below is a screen shot of the Hero catalog so you can see these two stamps (one a clear set, the other wood mounted)


Hero hit upon an up and coming trend – succulents. Is it Jennifer McGuire’s known love of these plants? An attempt to mix up the usual flowers and leaves offerings? I’m not sure – but Hero Arts and several others all have an offering that involves these plants.

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The cactus you see there? A stamp + a two part die that allows you to build that dimensional beauty. Brilliant! Not pictured here – Hero Arts also has several new stencil designs, and a new range of ombre ink pads I need to try out.

The new products begin shipping to stores February 2 – I can hardly wait!

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Also shipping net month, Hero has partnered with Kelly Purkey with a new “clearly Kelly” signature line.


From stamps for your planner to project life, the offerings are what you’d expect from Kelly. Lots of fun sayings, little details like geo tags, and plenty of good food mentions.

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I will probably be passing on the clear stamps – when looking at my existing stash of older stamps by Kelly, I already have some food/travel sets that while not exactly the same, are fairly similar so I can’t really justify new ones.

What does have me excited are these 4×6 cling background stamps! Yes that’s right. 4×6 size so if you’re a scrapbooker there is no more “1/2 inch too short” issue! Fun designs that would be great in many ways.

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The Kelly Purkey line will also ship next month – so watch for it in stores soon. If you’d like to see the full Hero Arts catalogue visit their website – it’s full of lovely goodies!

KP August/September kit blog hop!


Hey everyone! As you know, I’m a big fan of Kelly Purkey + Simon Says Stamp, and I do so love the project kits that they put out. Right now you can buy the August/September kit (here), and to celebrate the release they’re having a blog hop! I’ll give you more information on that, a generous prize from Simon, and where to hop to next in a few. First, I’ve got a layout to share.


What I love about the kits is that they are a mix of seasonal and right now stuff with items that could be used for travel, everyday, or just because layouts and paper crafting projects too. I loved the colors to use with some Hawaii pics from earlier this year.


That 2013 sticker? I want like 100 of them. Same with the “get your shine on” badge and so much else in this kit. FUN stuff! Here’s the full layout:


I used 4×6 photos and 6×6 papers on this page. To get your own August/September kit (and they’re going fast, I’m sure!) you can check it out here.

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And now – on with the hop! The next stop in this blog hop is Stephanie Klauck who made some outstanding cards with the kit! If during the hop you encounter any broken links, you can head back to the start on the Simon blog here.

sss25gcBefore you hop off though – you’ll want to leave a comment! Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25.00 Gift Certificate to one commenter here at my blog, as well as on EVERY blog in the hop! That’s eleven different chances to win! The giveaways for the GC’s will close at 6:00pm EST on Sunday August 25, and a complete winners list will be posted on the Simon blog on Monday August 26, 2013.

Before I sign off I also want to share video 1 in a 3-part series I am doing about a current scrapbook “on the go”. Today I’ve got a quick 5min video to share, showing how I’m using Kelly’s current kit as well as older kits (and other goods as well) to help me put together this album.


Note albums like the one I used are available at Simon Says Stamp – and you’ll see more of this album next week!

A little (KP) stamping & fun…

It’s summer here, and I have been keeping to a strict (minimal) work schedule the last three weeks as I’ve had loads of family and friends and good times. I mean I turn my computer on once a day, then turn it all the way off (unheard of!!) until the next day because we’re busy with fun family stuff. Most days I don’t make it up to the studio even! Which is AWESOME, but, I feel ready to jump back into more creative work! I knew just what to kick it off with too.

I am a fan of the Kelly Purkey products for Simon – and I knew I had to use her June/July (sold out) kit for this food truck adventure page…


I had SO much fun layering bits and pieces from the kit onto this page about one of our food adventures. There will be several pages about this day, but I wanted to use this kit for these ones. I *love* how Kelly’s products work so well for my style of scrapbooking. This was major fun to make.


My photos are 3×5 on this page – I’ve started printing my iPhone photos that size just to mix it up a bit and because it was the same price as 4×6 so I figured, why not?


The ombre effect on the good life card is so cool – I’m glad I got it used before it got buried in my stash. Can you tell what fun I had playing with this? Oh yes, and one more thing! This layout is my (late!) entry to this week’s Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge “a little stamping” as I finished this layout off with just a little stamping from the kit set.
While our challenge is “a little stamping” – you can interpret that with a small amount of stamping, a small stamp – whatever you like! Be sure to visit the blog to see all of the other creations and to enter. This week’s prize (as always) is a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp! The winner is randomly drawn – you can enter by posting to your blog, flickr, or other site too. See the blog for entry details and rules as usual.
I might be late due to my summer vacation – but it’s better than nothing. Plus I had a most excellent time taking my time today, being leisurely and creating something fun. A story I wanted to record and with products I just love. Crafting just doesn’t get bettr than that!!

Before I go – a little birdie (ok, Simon’s instagram account) told me.. simon

Enabler alert… new KP releases came out today! Here are some of my favorites:

You can find all the new exclusive products in the shop – and if you want to pre-order the August/September KP project kit you can reserve yours now too!

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Hey guys! So Simon Says Stamp + Kelly Purkey released the second (bi-monthly) kit, and it is still available – if you want one I’d grab it up! So as I said yesterday, it has been crazytown here. I’ll spare you all the glam details. But!! You know what I believe, right?

There is never time for crafting. You’ve gotta MAKE the time! So, I turned on the video camera, shut the studio door, and 35 minutes later emerged refreshed, kinda ready to face the day ahead, and with a new layout! mf

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I am loving this kit – and I’ll be doing more with it for the next several weeks. I am guessing it will sell out soon – so if you want one you can get it here.

Want to see more about this kit + how I made the page? I cut together about 8min of my process + talking at you as I created. Enjoy!

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