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Hero Arts 2019 Oh What Fun Blog Hop

Hi friends! I'm super excited to be joining my Hero Arts friends for a fun blog hop to kick-off the launch of their 2019 Winter Catalog! This catalog is packed with goodness, so you're going to want to make sure you enter the giveaway by leaving a comment at each stop along the hop!


My first card started out with this new set. I loved the horse drawn sleigh image and wanted to make it into a focal point. I stamped with the new Intens-ified Black Ink and then colored with Copics and cut with the outer frame from this fancy die set. I wanted to add some flair to it, so used the Snow & Froth Technique kit to add some puffy white snow.

Next I layered the frame and center snowflake dies together and cut out with arctic cardstock and also with white foam.  I used scissors to remove the inner portion of snowflakes from the foam, so I would just have the outer edge of the ornament for foam.  I layered acetate in between the arctic layer and the foam and added some glitter to the bottom of the shaker before closing it up.


The background is embossed with white satin pearl embossing powder using this background stamp. How I love these snowflakes and the white stain pearl is stunning on the arctic cardstock.  The sentiment is embossed in silver on vellum and added to the bottom. I finished off with rhinestones and a seam binding bow.


I am totally smitten with the Nordic Holiday Bold Prints. It's seriously beautiful and I decided to pair it with the Splitcoaststampers Technique Challenge this week, and used some dot mandala techniques and the pewter glimmer metallic ink to jazz it up. These cards were simple and fun, so I made two in different colors.


I started by stamping the background in fog reactive ink and then another one in stone wash mid-tone ink. I then sponged around the edges with soft pool shadow ink. Using the two ends of a nail stylus, I made large and small dot accents all over the background. It was so nice and relaxing, I think I could probably just sit and do this over and over again!  When the backgrounds were how I wanted them, I embossed the sentiment from this set in silver and then popped up on foam tape, adding a few silver flatback pearls for embellishment


My final card today features another image from the Winter Joy. I stamped, colored and then cut out with the coordinating frame cuts. I then decided to take the card another direction so glued the die cut to a white circle die cut, then added some glitter accents. The Christmas Word Fancy Die is cut from silver glitter paper and I used the same paper to mat the focal circle.


The background is another piece of arctic cardstock, embossed with white satin pearl, this time with the Nordic Holiday Bold Prints. I just love the look and this card is both simple and mailable! Bonus!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  You can check out the whole holiday collection here.
I hope you enjoy the hop. All the giveaway details and hop list are below.

The next stop on the hop is Laura Bassen.

COMMENT GIVEAWAY:
$50 gift cards to the Hero Arts shop to two lucky winners drawn from all comments left across the hop. Comment by August 31 at 11:59 PST. Winners will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.




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166 comments

sharon g said...

The cabin is just so cute! I really love the look. Nice coloring, too!

Christine Kiehl said...

Lovely cards! I am smitten with the Nordic stamp set too! So pop culture!

Debbi Smith said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the blues that you used.

Nina Houghton said...

Oh My...I love the Currier & Ives style with the snowflake ornament die!

Ann said...

Your cards are beautiful! I especially like the ornament looking one that you showed first!

Janet D. said...

Oh My Goodness, these are beautiful! I love everything your created!

Kristine said...

I love your cards! The one that looks like a picture inside an ornament is just so beautiful! Thank you for the lovely inspiration and idea!

Fonda said...

Love your cards, especially the first one. So intricate. Thank you for sharing.

StinkerbellSteph said...

Ahhh...these just make me smile! Love the first one especially w/the beautiful colors and "peek through the snow" to the cute scene beyond.

Janelle said...

BEAUTIFUL cards! I love your color combinations, and all your details.

Luanne said...

This are so pretty! Fun to see soft colors on gorgeous Christmas cards!

Elena said...

The sleigh with snowflakes is soooo delicate! Swoon!

ScrappyTeacher said...

Your cards make me think of Little House on The Prairie Christmas. Lovely!

Geri Clark said...

What can I say but your work of art is beautiful. I love all your cards.

Kelley H. said...

Thses cards are fabulous! Such great work. I can't pick even pick a favorite. They're all great.

Debbie said...

so much inspiration - wonderful

Debbie said...

I love the first card especially cute

Susie Sonnier said...

WOW that first card blew me away

mm said...

I like the color variations!

Susan Carlson said...

Love these cards! So classy! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Barbara H said...

Great cards. The sleigh card is especially stunning.

ckd said...

Love the cards. This HA release is beautiful.

pinkerboi said...

I love your beautiful card <3 I hope I will win so I can get some of these goodies

Linda said...

I love your first card with the ornament shaker and snowflakes! Thank you for the inspiration !

TerryZouzounis said...

Love the card of the ornament --- such details and I'm thrilled with the turquoise color! Great work!

House Mouse said...

I too love your attention to detail!

Laura said...

Your cards are so cute and inspirational!

MadeByMeghanK said...

These are STUNNING! I love the elegance and blue sparkle and delicate designs!

Jackie said...

So elegant and beautiful!

Stef Perry said...

All your cards are just stunning, and I'm especially swooning over the shaker with the horse drawn sleigh! Love!

ginni said...

Your cards are beautiful!

Lisa Angel said...

The pool color with silver Nordic print is my favorite! Wow!

Joyce said...

Amazing collection of beautiful cards.

Gail Spresser said...

Your cards using the Hero Arts products are so beautiful and creative. I love the subtle backgrounds. Thank you

Sandy M said...

Each of your cards are beautiful. The first one, the shaker is stunning. I think that one is my favorite.

Frances said...

Your shaker card is stunning! And I love the image is small so if you were making several of these cards, the coloring time would be short. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!

Carole R said...

Gorgeous cards! Love the pastel colors and the delicate look, Thanks so much for sharing.

Rebecca said...

Totally love your style! Thanks for sharing!

Lee said...

Every one of these cards is fabulous. I love the sleigh scene in a snowflake ornament die. Imaginative and gorgeous. The Nordic background stamp is very wonderful and your additional those dots was brilliant. and the little cottage is darling and so well done. All winners from both you and Hero Arts. Thank you both!

p yamashita said...

love 'em..

Jan Garber said...

So very elegant! Love these sweet images!

Oma of 11 said...

I love that first card so much! Your lacy border around the focal scene is like frothy frosting, and so pretty!
I love the others, too, but the sleigh scene just takes the cake!

NancyR said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the backgrounds and the shaker card.

Cindy C. said...

Oh wow what gorgeous cards!! They are inspiring.

Monica said...

I LOVE, LOVE, love all your cards! You are very talented! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Unknown said...

so far you have the most beautiful cards I have seen, so pretty!

kcwong said...

Goodness!! What BEAUTIFUL cards! They are AMAZING. I love the colors! Sigh!!!

Jeanne Beam said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards! Love the colors and designs. So creative...
Thanks for sharing.

Sugar Land Scrapper said...

Love the snowflake and ornament die card! Just lovely!

Conniecrafter said...

I so love the scene with the snowflakes framing it, so lovely!

Margery C said...

Adore your shaker card. Love how you cut out the center of the ornament to do it. Anyway to stretch those dies- yeah!

Mendy said...

These just make me so ready for cooler weather. Beautiful!

Barbara said...

All of these are beautiful and inspiring(I need to get started on my Christmas cards) and I love the soft coloring on each!

ocean-dreamer said...

Beautiful cards! The shaker card is great! oceandreamercreations@gmail.com

Jane S. said...

Such lovely cards... love the colors and the snowflakes!!
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Ddmac58 said...

I love each of these cards, they are beautiful. I love the snowflake ornament idea of cutting out part of the snowflakes in order to put the scene behind.

Sharon Huffman said...

Your use of the pastel colors is refreshing. Thanks for sharing!

Daylene said...

Your cards are all stunning! Love your art! ❤️

SmilynStef said...

So fun to see you here in the hop ... love them all.

Susan B. said...

The sleigh inside the ornament is so special. I would love to create something so beautiful.

Claudia said...

Love the elegant effect you achieved w with the ornament die.

Bluaqua said...

Your cards are simply elegant. I enjoyed them all!

Kelsey Thomas said...

Gorgeous cards! :)

Colleen said...

So nice to see you here, I love the simple design of your last card, but all the cards are amazing

Lagene said...

Gorgeous cards, I especially love the horse drawn sleigh card!

Robin B. said...

Beautiful cards, I love all of the details and layering! Thanks for sharing.

Patti H. said...

Fabulous cards!! I love them all! The darling g cabin is my favorite but it was really hard to pick just one.

Linda said...

Love the ornament - just gorgeous

Denise Kitts-Wadlow said...

Your cards are GORGEOUS--I hope you win the Splitcoast Stampers challenge! Great techniques. I am head over heels for the first card. Beautiful way you incorporated the little scene behind the snowflake fancy die cut, to where it peeks through. Great job!

Julie W said...

What a beautiful showcase of the collection! The simplicity of just using the Nordic background for such stunning results is so appealing. And your artwork and thoughtful layering of the first card's winter scene is inspired!

Kathy Ferguson said...

Your card designs are so elegant. I loved them all. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

Susie G. said...

Beautiful cards. Love your color choices.

Hummingbird said...

Great cards!Thanks for the chance to win and sharing.

JMN said...

Gorgeous cards. Love the blues you used. Thanks for sharing your designs on this blog hop.

sidney98 said...

Love the cards. Love the blues & silver. Thanks for sharing. : )

kiwimeskreations said...

What magnificent cards Julee - these are stunning - loving them all!
Blessings
Maxine

Helen said...

Your cards are so beautiful and delicate looking Julee! Love them! Thanks so much for sharing all the wonderful inspiration!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous cards, love them all!
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Joanne Hoffmann said...

Amazing and creative inspiration! Beautiful cards!

CarolS said...

I really love the use of blue instead of mostly red and green for the holidays. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

I am new to your page. I love making cards. The card with the horse drawn carriage is my absolute favorite!

Gardenrose said...

So so beautiful and classic - love your style and design!!

Cindy said...

Love your charming cards!

Mcrockco said...

Love your cards some simple but elegant and all just beautiful

Psychomak said...

Love, love, love the shaker card. Thank you for sharing

Nana Griffin said...

Beautiful! I love your card with the snowflake and ornament die and the winter joy set. So elegant.

Sina R. said...

I'm totally in love with the background stamp and your cards are so beautiful! :)

Janice said...

Exquisite cards, such fine detail on each one.

BarbL said...

The snowflake ornament die is amazing!

Kelly said...

Gorgeous..

Unknown said...

Those techniques lead to such a variety of results. I love how artfully each technique is executed. Stunning!

Tess said...

Soft and cozy colors for the Holidays. The clear emboss makes even more so!

Denise said...

Gorgeous layouts and completed cards!

Laurie2cats said...

Pretty cards - love the shaker element

Patty said...

These are all so beautiful! I especially love that fancy die you used on the first one!!

bzyPTmom said...

All of your cards are gorgeous, but your first card with the snowflake ornament just caught my breath and sent chills down my spine! Amazing!

Margaret Radford said...

simply beautiful.

Laurie said...

I’m partial to your first card with the delicate snowflakes. I really like your Nordic print cards, too.

Kerry S said...

Love your cards! Simply beautiful!

Billie Sue Woolley said...

Wonderful cards. I always like sentiments on vellum and the aqua is perfect for your design.

Karthikha said...

Beautiful set of cards! :)

Janet said...

WOW! I just LOVE your cards! My fave from this new release are the Nordic themed holiday stamps/dies. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win. :D

Dawn J said...

Beautiful cards. Love the snowflake ornament.

LittleSher said...

The round ornament card is beautiful!

Frances Nelson said...

The shaker card is very nice

Julia said...

Gorgeous!

Nelliespinoza said...

I love the simple elegance of these cards.

Judy Inukai said...

Awesome cards. I love the snowflake ornament.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Wow, these are fabulous, love the colors and the designs.

Heather said...

These are all so gorgeous!! I had to add the snowflake background and pearl embossing powder to my wishlist!! And I don't usually like nordic prints, but after seeing your two cards using the background stamp, I just might become a fan!

Susan said...

Those cards are simply gorgeous and very elegant! Nice work!

Violet said...

The first card it my favorite. That die is just perfect. You could us it in so many ways!

Unknown said...

I love the color scheme of all these cards. The silver and light blue are just wonderful holiday choice colors.

Laura said...

Great cards. Thanks so much for sharing!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Love your wonderful projects with these lovely products!

Sue D said...

Beautiful cards. My fave is the first one.

Nox said...

GORGEOUS! Your first and last card are my favourites - I love the embossing on that light blue - it makes for stunning backgrounds. Incredibly inspiring!

Amy Hart said...

Love the Nordic design. Beautiful cads.

Holly Jackson said...

Julie, I adore your cards. So beautiful!

Teri S. said...

Julee, I am totally smitten with the first card you've shown. Oh, the detail & the layering & the colours you chose. I can see why you love the Arctic cardstock. All of your cards have so much to offer & I can see I'm going to have to save up as this catalogue has so many enticing products.

Cyndi said...

Gorgeous cards. I especially love that first one. Absolutely elegant.

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the cards. The first
with the delicate scene
encased in the lacy die
is beautiful. thanks
for sharing.
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Kathy said...

Love all the cards. My favorite is the first card, very elegant.

Sharon C said...

I love the soft colors of your cards.

Nora Noll said...

All of your cards are gorgeous but LOVE the first one with the little snow globe ornament you created. Your scene is so beautifully colored and I LOVE the embossed background. AMAZING design!

albinopi said...

All beautiful cards, but the first card is stunning. And then to find out it is a shaker, puts it over the top! Wow.

Cary said...

I think the first card is my favorite but it's so hard to choose because they are all gorgeous. I love the snowflake ornament die and the horse drawn sleigh looks like an old Currier & Ives print.

Carol Wortman said...

Shhh.. I want to use the horse drawn ornament as my Christmas card this year!! (Dont tell my family and friends). BEAUTIFUL! ♡♡

Savannagh Kacey said...

So delicate and so elegant. You make me think of a quiet Christmas eve before the excitement of morning glee.

Dana M said...

Wow, your cards are incredible! I am blown away by the details and stunning designs.

Isabel Z said...

Can't wait to create with these amazing new sets! You have done such an amazing job creating with them.

Beth Merrill said...

These cards are simply lovely. Being a horse gal, of course my favorite is the first card. I hadn't noticed until now that there is a horse stamp image in the new release, so thanks for using and sharing it!

Jan T said...

Can't wait to tell you how SWEET the horse drawn sleigh card is!!! So awesome, but I love them all too.

Cathy said...

Your cards are so peaceful and serene. What a lovely color pallet for all your cards!

Amy P said...

I love the soft, wintry colors. So elegant and pretty!

Timely Tales said...

Love these cards

Pamgail said...

All of your cards are amazing! I really like the ornament ones and the Nordic ones are stunning as well!

Unknown said...

Your cards are absolutely stunning and elegant!!

Sam B said...

Oh my - such beautiful cards, all of them...but that first shaker card is just gorgeous! I've added the die and stamp set you used to create it to the top of my shopping list!

Maria said...

Wonderful cards, love them x

Bibliozo said...

beautiful cards!

Carol said...

I always love seeing the new release, so much fun! Thanks for sharing all this inspiration!

Carol B

Annette Reed said...

Oh my goodness! Your cards are gorgeous! I love the color of that Arctic cardstock. It looks stunning paired with the Nordic stamp and pewter EP. I love the products that you used. You have really made me want to buy these products.

suzvit said...

Your cards are lovely! So soft and elegant! The ornament card is very special! Thanks for he inspiration!

Kris in Alaska said...

Such soft lovely colors!

Bridget said...

LOVE THE CIRCLE CARDS, THEY MAKE ME THINK OF SNOW GLOBES

Louanne said...

Love your cards and color choices - ABSOLUTELY love the last card! Great release from Hero Arts!

Shawn Harcrow said...

I need to win the lottery to afford all the great products Hero Arts released and retire so I have time to do all the great techniques by the great artists on this blog hop!

tickmenot said...

Thanks for your horse drawn sleigh card technique, very beautiful!

Rose Mary Smalley said...

Love all of the projects that you shared today...but the first one was my favorite overall. Great job. Thank you so much for showing all of these great new Hero Arts goodies....Now I need to win the lottery....LOL...so I can get everything....thanks again.

Susan S said...

Your cards are very elegant.

Zlatka said...

Gorgeous cards! I especially love the first one.

Allisa said...

Gorgeous cards....but your first card is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about it!

Janet Trieschman said...

great cards, the first one is my fav

Peggy said...

WOW beautiful cards I love them all. Thanks for sharing.

Virginia Ellison said...

Julee, I love all the cards you created but I think my favorite is the first one with the ornament. Beautiful work.

Julie from NZ said...

Your cards are lovely!The ornament card is makes me think of cozy Christmas evenings! Thanks for the inspiration!

Elizabeth Nichols said...

The ornament card! You made me stop in my tracks...it’s so beautiful!

Kathy Dippner said...

Beautiful cards! Love the colors you used for each of them.

Arlene said...

I love scenes and these are marvelous.

Lauryne Cunningham said...

Your cards are absolutely gorgeous! I love the muted colors! You colored the images beautifully!

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous cards! I love the winter scene with the cabin!

JMN said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Love the blues you used for you cards. Great new release.

Denise Kitts-Wadlow said...

All of your cards are beautiful, but I am just smitten by your first card. There is just something about it that takes me back to my childhood, and all of the fun we had in the snow. WOW!

berokke said...

Love the cards - the first one is absolutely stunning!!

Karen L K said...

Wow your cards are very pretty! Such nice colors and I just love that scene with the snowflake ornament around it.