January 11, 2011

2011 Hero Arts Blog Hop

Hello, my blog hoppin' friends! Welcome to the next stop on the Hero Arts 2011 blog hop- sure hope you're having fun! :) I have two cards to share with you.
Note: If you find a broken link, you can always go back to the Hero Arts blog for the master list of blog links. Also, please email tami@heroarts.com and provide the blog address that has the bad link so we can fix it. Thanks!
My first card features one of my new favorite cling stamps, CG248 Large Solid Flower: This card began entirely as white paper. I inked the brown background using Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The flower was inked with various colors of Distress Ink, spritzed lightly with water and then stamped. Once dry, I used a black colored pencil to add a little shading to the center of the petals. Finally, I added the script using Hero Arts La Letter (K5344) by inking it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and removing portions of the ink with a baby wipe before stamping. The sentiment is from the charming Hero Arts clear set (CL389 Mi Casa).
My second card uses this new clear set full of dotty-goodness, CL482 Dots N Flowers:
And also everyone's new fav, Envelope Pattern S5507:
And who can forget this incredible sentiment set, Sending Smiles CL490:
I began by coloring the floral image using Copic Markers. I created the multicolor background using Distress Inks (Fired Brick, Crushed Olive, and Wild Honey). Then I stamped the Envelope Pattern directly over this background using Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
Thanks again for visiting---please leave a comment because every comment left along the hop gives you a chance to win new 2011 Hero Arts stamps! :)
Now, your next hop along the way is the blog of the talented Judy Jung--click
HERE to visit her blog and see what she's created using some of her favorite new 2011 Hero Arts stamps!

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Joy said...

STUNNING! AMAZING! creations Jill, truly awe inspiring, thanks for sharing your talents. Hugs!

Barb said...

Oh my word! That first card with the solid flower is gorgeous! Love the way you've distressed the background! You've used so many different colors. . .fabulous! The second card is amazing, Jill! Look at those colors!! Wow, wow, wow! Love the sentiment strip too! Beautifully done girl!

Cathy said...

These cards are gorgeous! Love your work, Jill, and love Hero Arts!

Sarah said...

Wow! Absolutely STUNNING!!! You never seize to amaze me!

Kathy said...

So inventive! I love both cards and Yes, all the stamps you used!! I hope I can come close to what you've created, Jill.:)

reen said...

Beautiful cards as always. And as always, when I see your cards I think, "how did she do that?" Then you always tell us :).

D. Dallas said...

GREAT STUFF!

judy said...

Gorgeous cards, Jill! As always,
your cards are a great inspiration.

Kimba's Kreations said...

OUTSTANDING & GORGEOUS Cards Jill!!! Thanks for sharing.

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

Your cards glow with light and colour - just love your cards. So inspiring.

Anonymous said...

What gorgeous cards! You are one talented lady.Margaret K.

~amy~ said...

I simply ADORE your work and style....love both of your cards today!!!!

sheila said...

these are so stunning! your cards always seem to simply radiate light and glow beautifully.

judkajudi said...

It is hard to believe you began with white cardstock! Once again you have worked your astounding magic! You are an incredible artist and I am so glad you share with us!

Dwita said...

Jillian, I did stamp with the bold flower. But the one you made really awesome. I shall try again using that stamp. All your creations are wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Stunning! Love it!

Shawn K.

joy said...

Just beautiful, Jill! I love the way you use those distress inks to make your backgrounds pop! You are truly an inspiration.

Kelly Booth said...

YUM YUM!!! Your cards are just amazing Jill I wanted the Large Solid flower...but I want it even more now!!! Hugs....

walchowDesign said...

Beautiful creations, Jill! Love them all!

Marilyn said...

Lovely. Love how you use inks and copics and multiple stamping.

Nancy said...

Well I knew your cards would be gorgeous...but WOW, the color and the design of each is outstanding. Thank you Jill, you've inspired me this morning with your beautiful flowers...
blessings!

Shelley said...

Beautiful work!!!

Deb Lorence said...

I love all of your creations Jill!

gberry14 said...

Absolute artwork!! The distress, design and coloring are amazing!L. Berry

Clare *Littlebear* said...

Your cards are gorgeous Jill. I love how you have used the large solid flower.
Clare x

Robin K. said...

Jill - I've said it before and I'll say it again: Your skill at taking cardstock from white to "WOW" is incredible!! Fabulous cards! Hugs, Robin

Kryssi said...

wow, stunning just doesnt describe these!

DebStampsLife said...

What wonderful ART Jill! I now have some new favorites from the 2011 Hero Arts catalog! Thanks for bringing beautiful color to the hop today!

Sharon D from Canada said...

What STUNNING cards, Jill!!! Your inking is always so fabulous! And I ADORE what you've done with the new Large Solid Flower!

Linda aka Oz said...

I have always been such a fan of your work Jill. You have such an excellent understanding of color. Marvelous Jill, simply marvelous. Oz

Mary Jane W said...

I love the colors you use, TFS!

Janet L. said...

Pretty, pretty cards! I'm really liking these new Hero stamps! Great job!

Cathy said...

WOW Gorgeus cards!! i love the solid color card.. its way so beautiful! great job, Jill.

thanks for sharing

x
cathy

gaijinjoy said...

Your work is always stunning and I appreciate your explanations of your approach to each card.

Isha said...

Stunning cards Jill. My jaw dropped...I am going to the dentist for my daughter, hope mine are fine:))TFS

Lilsis said...

Love both your cards...hard to pick a fav as they are so beautiful.

Angela said...

The coloring you do is simply amazing! So beautiful to look at! You are truley an artist!

Deb said...

These cards are absolutely beautiful! I love how the first one started out as just plain white paper - too cool! Thanks for sharing.

debbie said...

wow! love how you used that cling flower, what a wonderful card! Now I want all of the stamps you used :)

naneruth said...

Your first card just WOW'ed me! It was so beautiful. Loved the other one also.

Imapaperlover said...

I am loving this different style color pallette. very nice indeed!

Margaret said...

Love the first card with the colors and that flower stamp. I want it now.

Kelly Sas said...

Both cards are absolutely stunning! I am lovin that Sending Smiles stamp set.

Anonymous said...

Lovely cards, but that first one is stunning!

Lindastamps at gmail dot com

{VICKI} said...

L
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the envelope pattern!

Great cards

jill said...

Beautiful cards...love the colors!

Brenda said...

What total awesomeness! Love how you got the shading on your first card by adding a touch of black coloured pencil! Colours are amazing! And I adore your second card with the Envelope Pattern. Lov eyour colouring of the floral image! Stunning work!

Anonymous said...

what lovely cards, thanks for sharing your amazing work!
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

Maureen Morton said...

Oh, Jill - these are so very rich and wonderful! I love the backgrounds. I am so inspired to work more on mine. Thanks for shairng.

stlbarb said...

Your whole blog is an inspiration!!!

Virginia L. said...

BEAUTIFUL--as always, Jill! LOVE this blog hop and love Hero Arts!

Debra said...

Beautiful cards! I never thought to use my distress inks to make backgrounds. I love that envelope stamp, I will have to get that one! Thanks for sharing.

Karina Beck said...

Love your work. Like your colouring very much!

Anonymous said...

love your imagination and artistry bethann d

Emily Leiphart said...

Jill, I love your cards and the way you use colours! Your work is so inspiring!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Gorgeous, Jill!! The colors you use are so pretty and they all feel so lovely and warm and with the small details in the cards, they are perfect to me! Thanks for sharing!
Hugs, Wendy

Marie / Legojenta said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful cards, Jill =)

diana said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for the chance to win more new stamps from my favourite stamp company.

David & Sarah said...

Beautiful cards! I love the use of distress inks and will have to try some of those techniques. Thanks so much for sharing! Sarah C.

margaretart said...

Jill,
You rock, girl! Great cards for the blog-hop!

Scrapycandy said...

So lovely! Someday I'll have to try those Copic markers!

pcm said...

wowsers!!!

Irene said...

Stunning set of cards!!! I love your used of distress inks! Thanks for sharing your talents!!

Mernin said...

Your cards are awesome! I just love the hello one - and the way you stamped the flowers - awesome!!

Louise said...

Beautiful cards, thanks for sharing

Connie said...

Oh la-la...very pretty!
TFS!

SherylH said...

Love both your cards! The colours on the large solid flower are fantastic and the overall design is awesome.

LillaMinne said...

Wow, your first card is amazing! How on earth did you manage to work your distress-pads to make such beautiful stamping result?! Im stunned!

Heather Maria said...

Wow Jill, these are absolutely gorgeous! I love both of them!

Kathy (krolski) said...

WOW! That was white cardstock? Your cards are amazing as always! So gorgeous. I'm lovin this HA blog hop!

Renée Storch said...

Beautifully done! Thanks for hosting!

Princess said...

Jill,
I soooo love subscribing to your blog! Love these cards. I'm particularly pleasantly surpised by the first one. I never would have given that stamp a second thought. But I am now.

How do you always manage to do that? Sheer talent.

Thank you, once again!

Hill Top Creations said...

Wow just love both cards and the stamps are great. Will be looking for these sometime soon. Thank you for the great ideas.

Suzana said...

Now I certainly bought this stamps because you did such a wonderful present! Beautiful work!

Cathy A said...

Oh Jill love what you have done with that first flower stamp, I have that on my ever growing list. Love all the colours of both cards, your style is so yummy!

brenda said...

Oh my goodness your cards are stunning!! The solid flower inking was so amazing!!!

Cheryl J said...

Absolutely beautiful cards! Your stamping style is always gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your tips and techniques on how you created them!!

Cheryl

Shanna said...

Gorgeous work as always Jill!! So inspiring!

Tanya said...

Both of your cards are amazing, gorgeous work!

DominoDebi said...

Happy belated birthday birthday, Jilly bean!

Lovely homage here!!!!

DominoDebi said...

Well. Thanks A LOT, Jill! I wasn't enamored of these stamps before but now am feeling that I cannot live without them. You are SUCH an enabler, you talented thing, you!

Julie M said...

These are fantastic, Jill. I love the backgrounds you create, such depth of colour - and that first stamp is a must-have.

Julie

Ruth S said...

Wow your cards are so impressive - as ever!!
Thanks for the inspiration, and for the giveaway chance too ;)

Pat Castillo said...

LOVE the cards! And I love how you stamped the solid flower...gorgeous!

Christiana said...

Oh wow, Jill. Your work always amazes me, but these cards really take the cake. Fabulous job! They're absolutely stunning.

Arlene said...

Just incredible! I loved every single bit of loving work. So creative and beautiful.

Jacqueline said...

These are beautiful! You sure have a way with the Hero Arts flower stamps!

CinnamonSally said...

Love your stunning cards Jill, you always use fabulous colours and I love the way you distress your cards. I think the top one is my fav!!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Awesome cards.

Bambi said...

Beautiful cards. Thank you for inspiring.

kath said...

wow jill....fabulous is the word that springs to mind..thanks for sharing your inspiration...hugs kath xxx

Barbara said...

Love your style and your color choices. These cards are just fantastic! Love the way you used the envelope stamp and how you colored the background on the first card!!!

Deirdre said...

Jill, want all of those stamps now!!! LOL! Love what you created.

Kathy Eddy said...

Great cards. I love what you did with the Distress inks and the envelope background.

marking said...

Wow lovely cards

Krissy said...

you're first card is absolutely stunning! Love it!

Lisa Carroll said...

Quite simply, AMAZING, Jill! You are definitely the master when it comes to using rich earthy or jewel tones! Both of these cards make my jaw drop... the techniques here produced some very dramatic results and I LOVE them! Fabulous, FABULOUS work, as always!

colleenk said...

These are both just amazing! Beautiful cards! Thank you for the inspiration!

CARDS by SUSAN said...

LOVE your work! These cards are no exception
Thanks for sharing
Susan

Denise said...

So pretty! I love your colors! Stunning!
DeniseB

Cindy said...

Great cards and lovely colors!

Tracy said...

I am SO loving the flowers over text I am seeing. I must try that soon. Your cards are lovely!

Stamp In Style (Suze) said...

These are two Beautiful Cards ... Love the Colours!

debbie susee said...

Love how you tie your sentiment on with the twine. Perfect touch1

Pam S. said...

Fabulous Jill! love your cards!
Pam Going Postal

Lynn said...

Love those cards, especially the first one and the tip about the baby wipe is really neat...how come I never think of things like that?!!!!

Lin said...

These are Jill cards, alright - beautiful work, my friend. I ADORE the dotted flowers card - another one added to my list!!

Jess said...

Your cards have such depth and vibrancy. I love the ones for today. Thanks so much for inspiring us. :-)

Anonymous said...

Your cards are so colorful.Thanks for sharing!wanda

Sarah said...

That first card is just stunning. And it gives me one more technique to try with that stamp. Thank you for the inspiration!

v said...

OMGness! Loved the tip with using the baby wipe on the background stamp on the first card!!! Very cool!
The second card WOW! Great use of color! And I really love the great stamps you used! I want to go try these tips now...ok, I'll finish the hop first;) I'm feeling very inspired!
~Vanessa W

Linda said...

that envelope pattern is just to die for! And you just made me add Large Solid Flower to my wishlist :)

Sue D said...

Beautiful cards--thanks for sharing how you did them.

Eve said...

wow, Those colors of flowers are all STUNNING!!!! :-)

annms said...

the smile card is just wonderful. I love the way you used colors for the background and the whole composition of the card.

Dotty Jo said...

OMGoodness - gorgeous! Jo x

Ruby said...

Wow these are great creations... the colors are just outstanding and so beautiful... words cannot express it! Tks for sharing.

Jaralubo said...

WOW, great work thank you

GrammySue's Creations said...

Wow, Jill, these cards are gorgeous and I love all the vibrant colors that you used.

Ruby said...

I love all these stamps and your work is wonderful. I really like the envelope pattern for a background and the large solid flower is just fantastic!! Love the way you created that card! The second card is great as well. Love the way the sentiment "banner" hangs over the edges. The colors you chose are terrific!! Excellent work!!

Diana N. said...

Oh my! What beautiful cards you've made with such wonderful colors!

Louise said...

Wow great cards! Your coloring is exquisite! Great job!

Louise C.

Yali said...

ohhhh. love the Hello card. very beautiful.

SannaS said...

oh WOW!!! Stunning cards!! Pieces of art!!! =)
Hugs, SannaS

Julia said...

Love it!!! Great job!

any63 said...

bonjour de la France
it's very beautiful,your cards are amazing!

Little T said...

Your cards are always amazing! I love what you've done. You're the best!

Allison Cope said...

Incredibly stunning cards Jill! I love all the inking and distressing you've done! AWESOME work!

jaemom said...

Jill, I always love looking at your cards and seeing how you've created them! I just adore that solid flower stamp; you've been using it just as I imagined doing so as well! Hope to get my hands on it soon. :) Just gorgeous distressing. The colors are simply beautiful on the second card as well. Thanks for sharing!

Bonnie Peters said...

Beautiful cards - love your color combos.

Annefleur said...

I love the card with the large solid flower stamp! You really made those flowers pop! I can't believe you started with white cardstock. You're SO good with ink!

Maryse N. said...

Great cards as always! You're so talented.

Elaine said...

Beautiful cards - I especially like the shaded colours of the first card!.

Janice said...

I love your colouring, lively but not loud, just right.

Karen said...

Hi love all the cards wonderful ideas

Jessica said...

Lovely cards! Love the techniques you use as well the combination of stamps go so well together. TFS

irockpaperandscissors said...

Wow, such lovely colors on the image on that last card! TFS!

Anette H said...

Your cards are awesome as usual, Jill, I am running out of words, so all I have to say is: BEAUTIFUL!!

Susanne said...

Just LOVE you first card! Never thought you could use this stamp in such a stunning way. Thanks for the fun, Susanne

Nancy L. said...

o wow! your cards look beautiful!

Daria Z. said...

As always, Jill, your cards are GORGEOUS! Love them both, but the first one, definitely blew me away.

Christie said...

I have to agree with you that the first flower is wonderful. But I also enjoyed the rest of the cards I have seen.
Christie

Jackie said...

Beautiful cards!

Shirley said...

WOW! What beautiful work, love the distressed inks you used.

Holly said...

the colors are SO lovely on your cards!
Thank you
Holly

Marilyn said...

So gorgeous! Love the beautiful colors you used on both of these beauties!

Michelle said...

Gorgeous Jill!! Love the colors of the large solid flower!!

Catie said...

WOW! such vibrant colors from your copic markers! I especially love the Dots and Flowers card. I was wondering what to do with it.

Jen W. said...

These are stunning! I love your shading and I'm definitely going to try the baby wipe trick - it's so effective!

Donna said...

Lovely cards

Cindy C. said...

Really enjoy all that flowery goodness, love your colourings!

Sheryl said...

You opened my eyes to new ways to stamp!! Thanks

Marilyn said...

Wow, I love the colors -- they brighten a gray and cloudy day.

Life On the Scrappy Side Store said...

Love the cards you made with these stamps! tfs
Barbara

Becs Attwood said...

Wow - what beautiful vibrant cards. Love your work! The colored pencil shading on the flower petals of the first card has created incredible dimension. Thanks for sharing.

Sue McRae said...

Your creations are always fantabulous Jill! Love how you've used the stamps!

DeAnna said...

Fabulous cards as usual, Jill!

Mabel said...

Your backgrounds are soooo inspirationals for me, fab cards!!

Summer Braxton said...

Whoa....wonderful cards. Your technique is great.

Cutiephinphin said...

wow... just can't imagine how u've seemed to make these images from the stamps come alive. Really love the colors of both cards.

Diana said...

WOW, great cards. I just love the colouring you did, amazing!!!

Jill W. said...

Love that huge flower stamp and how you used it in your awesome style!

Anonymous said...

I love the extra dimension the envelope stamp gives to the distress inks!

Mendi said...

Wow! Both cards are awesome, but I am particularly captivated by your second one. The colors are gorgeous together-- Feels like an island paradise! Love your work as always! :)

Mary said...

What beautiful cards. I especially like the envelope pattern stamp and really need to add that to my Hero Arts stamp collection.

Karin said...

Beautiful cards, especially the first one.

Carol's Place said...

WOW your colors are astounding, I am learning so much from you wonderful people at Hero Arts, love your cards!!!

Shannon said...

Love all the distress inks!

Rachel said...

Wow, wow, wow!! These are stunning!
The colors and inking you've done here is just incredible

Maya said...

Your cards are stunning! I want to try making something similar - so so pretty!

Michelle said...

I love your style! Beautiful examples and love how you used the distress inks! I added you to my favorites so i'll be seeing your beautiful projects in the future! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Lynn said...

Fantastic! You create real art!!

Karen said...

Jill, your colors are always so vibrant! Both of these cards are wonderful, thanks for always inspiring me!

Mariette said...

I love your vibrant colors, beautiful cards Jill!!

Angela said...

Tottaly amazing as usual....
HOP HOP HOPING to the the next blog.

mtscrapgal said...

Jill, your cards are stunning. you have a definate flare with the HA stamps. Thanks

Pam said...

Your cards are beautiful.

cym6 said...

beautiful cards

Kat said...

Just stunning. Can't wait to get some of these new stamps.

Kat x

Larissa Heskett said...

WOW!! What BEAUTIFUL cards!! I just LOVE the colors you used and how you layered them!! THANKS so much for the FABULOUS INSPIRATION!! =) Have a WONDERFUL DAY!! =)

Ger said...

Oooh love both these cards! Ger x.

KMK said...

Your cards are just so beautiful. I love that large flower cling stamp, just have to get it. I also love the Envelope Pattern stamp that you used. My list is getting longer...

laury55 said...

the solid flower stamp is on my wishlist...love the card you made with it

Victoria said...

Oh wow love what you've done with my favorite inks!!! I am gonna have to get that amazing envelope stamp!!! It makes your flowers in the second card just pop, perhaps that's all your amazing coloring!! Tfs!

Caroline said...

lovely cards, thanks for the inspiration

Hannah. F said...

WOWZERS! these are Fabulous Jill! Thanks for sharing 8~)

Patricia said...

Omg Your cards are amazing love the colors =P

Pam W Merwin said...

Your cards are beautiful! Love the colors you used on the large flower. Thanks for tip on the background stamp :-) Your second card has such a rich look to it!

JoanL said...

Amazing work with the cling stamp. Gorgeous!!!

Cassi said...

i'm blown away by your cards. your ability to build and layer color is amazing. beautiful cards!

Flo - Sweetideas said...

Your cards are beautiful just like everyday. Love your work, check you blog all the time.

Thalia said...

Lovely cards! The color schemes in each of them are beautiful.
Thanks

Hella said...

..hop...I'm here..and wow...these cards are amazing and love this style...you brought me some awesome ideas! thanks.

Amy Smidebush said...

These cards really POP! The colors are incredible!

shirley henry said...

Jill,you are the Queen of distress inks!
I love how you use so many different colors to create beautiful backgrounds. Perfect stamping too.
Your cards are GORGEOUS!!!!!!!
I want to be just like you when I grow up :)

Peggy said...

Love the cards but the top is my favorite.
God bless,
Peggy Allen

Clare said...

Wowsahs!! Gorgeous cards, Jill! I really love how you've used the new stamps!

Victoria said...

Love those cards especially since I just bought that flower stamp!

oolgas said...

Jill! Your cards are gorgeous! I love them all! Olga.

Marla said...

So pretty! As always, a work of art.

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