Hi, everyone! It’s Mary Dawn. I wanted to share some more cards I made using Hero Arts and Elle’s Studio Love You More Collection. I just can’t stop playing with these gorgeous papers and die cuts.
We’re here with a very exciting post today…
- To submit one project per month (to be used in ONE challenge
per month), fitting in with the challenge requirements as they occur
(e.g. a tag is to be made/incorporated into the project on weeks where a
tag is integral to part of the challenge). Projects are to be submitted
no later than 3 days before the post is to appear, including product
lists and any other notes required.
- To submit one other project per month, to be shown on A Blog
Named Hero. (this may include a video or photo tutorial, technique, new
ideas, craft project, product comparisons etc)
- To comment on a set number of challenge entries each time a
challenge is posted. (The number of entries the DT member would be
required to comment on, will vary with each month–this will be
confirmed at a later date).
- To post their project (or a sneak peek) on their own blog (if they
have one) on the day their project appears on A Blog Named Hero.
- To be ‘involved’ in promoting A Blog Named Hero affiliated sites/pages (e.g. Facebook page, flickr page, twitter etc)
- Any further duties may be added or altered at a later date, but will be discussed in advance.
- The term of the DT position will be from April 1st 2014 and will be for 6 months to begin with, at
which stage we may offer to extend the term further, or not. (this will
depend on several factors!)
- You do not have to be a card-maker to apply. Scrapbookers,
mini-album makers, alternate crafts etc are welcome–as long as you’re
happy to use Hero Arts products! (however, please note that occasional
challenges will have specific requirements such as tags/cards/non-paper
- People who do not have a blog are still MOST welcome to apply.
- People who are on design teams for other sites are also welcome to
apply–however, for those who are on design teams, we suggest you
confirm that it’s OK with your current DT ‘leader’ if you are on our DT
too. (Some might consider it a conflict of interest/may not be happy
- PLEASE do not apply if you are unable to fulfill the position as
described above (and with consideration of any other foreseeable
- A basic knowledge of blogger/blogging language, protocol etc and how-to would be helpful (but is not essential).
- This blog is (as I’m sure you’re all aware) about our love for HERO
ARTS products. If you have none (or an extremely limited supply) this
may not be the best fit. While crafters are more than welcome to enter
our challenges using non-Hero Arts supplies, as a DT member for this
blog, you will be expected to incorporate Hero Arts supplies into your
projects (preferably as the major element etc)
- For those of you who think “I’m not good enough to be on a DT“–STOP
THINKING THAT! We would love to see crafters of all styles, skill level
etc apply. We are hoping to fill the design team with people from
- At this stage, we are looking for 6-10 DT members (give or take!)
however, please do NOT let that hold you back–you might just be one of
our 6-10!! We will also be holding DT calls in the future.
- This call is open to international applicants, as long as you have a
good understanding/use of English for the blog (as that’s our main
- Previous Design Team members are most welcome to apply!
One more point: Please only submit your application if you are a TEAM PLAYER.
We want our Design team to be a group of Hero Arts loving crafters. We
want our team to be a relaxed one, however, a hard-working one! We want
this to be fun! (So far it is AMAZING fun :))
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with DESIGN TEAM APPLICATION in the subject line.
- 3-5 photos of your crafting projects that you feel best describe
your style. (links to photos in flickr/blog posts in which the photos
appear are also acceptable–NOT links to the main blog URL please).
- your blog URL (if you have a blog)
- A little bit about you (your crafting history/styles/how you
started/why you love Hero Arts/DT history if you have one etc) so we can
learn a bit about you with your application.
- Tell us WHY you think you’d be good on our Design Team and why you’d like to join.
- Your location –this will NOT be a factor in whether you are offered
a DT position or not, we’re just curious to know where you are from!
- Any other information you have that you think is pertinent! (e.g.
you have health issues that may occasionally need to be considered)
- Please notify us in the email if you have any major plans in the
coming 3-6 months (e.g. you are going on a month-long holiday to Hawaii
in August–we want to be sure we’re packed and ready to come with you
:)) so that we can plan ahead 🙂
- How you heard about this call! (Are you a subscriber to ABNH? Did you see it on a DT call site? etc)
(seems like a lot we know, but it’s not really).
If you have any further questions, you can feel free to leave comments
below, or email us on email@example.com (please write DT QUESTION
in the subject line so we know to respond ASAP).
HOWEVER-we ask that you please read this post carefully, so that you
don’t ask us a question that we’ve already answered here 🙂
Submissions close February 20th MIDNIGHT US EST. Submissions entered after then, will not be considered for this round.
We literally CANNOT WAIT to get your applications! We want to see who YOU are and what YOU make!
Speak to you soon!
Cheiron here with another medium of the month post. This month the medium I will be using is Faber Castell gelatos. I have had these in my stash for quite sometime, but never seem to use them. So for this month, I have pulled out my container of gelatos to share a few fun techniques with you using gelatos and some great Elle’s Studio products!
The first technique is simple. Apply the gelatos directly to your stamp and spritz with a mini mister filled with water before stamping. I colored the fun Hero Arts Tiny Flags this way, after coloring it with red, orange and yellow gelatos.
Hi, Sue here with a post featuring Valentine’s Day shaker cards. One for him and one for her.
All this month we are featuring Elle’s Studio products together with Hero Arts products. All the goodies I’m using are from the Love You More collection, a mix of papers, stamps, tags, and wood veneers all perfect for Valentine’s Day (which is just over one week away).
First up is the masculine card.
I used a grey/black and red colour scheme with Hero Arts Love Jar stamp. One of the Elle’s Studio papers has little envelopes printed on it with different “love” sayings (sugar pie, to my sweetheart, love you more, love note, forever & always etc.) and I thought those would be cute inside of the shaker along with some lip sequins I’ve had in my stash forever.
For the feminine card I used an Elle’s Studio journaling tag for the back of the shaker For the front panel I stamped the Tiny Flags image on red paper and die cut the shaker window.
I added some of Elle’s Studio cut outs and envelopes, Hero Arts stamped images and sequins to the shaker part and finished off with a wood veneer heart.
I really like the fun idea of having to shake the card around so you can read and see all the embellishments.
I hope you’ll give this technique a try for Valentine’s Day.
Did you know that we had a new challenge start on February 1st and the theme is Flowers? You can check out all the info here. And we’ll be giving away a gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp to a lucky challenge participant.
Thanks for visiting with us today!
It’s the third of the month, and time for another sketch. Once again, a warm thanks to the lovely and talented Chari Moss for providing us with this month’s sketch:
I decided that this sketch really doesn’t lend itself easily to multiple interpretations by flipping it over or turning it around — it’s still basically the same. Bottom line here is I saw the 5 squares as one object and the flower as “something different than the other 5”. So instead of flipping the sketch this month I decided to show you different ways to accomplish the same sketch. I hope that makes sense!
Also this month, ABNH is collaborating with Elle’s Studio, who were most generous and sent each of us some brand new products from their Love You More collection with which to play. I’ve incorporated some of the goodies in my cards today, so watch for them!!!!
Here is the first card I made:
I used circles instead of squares, but there are 5 hearts and then the “you” die is the “something different”. I don’t know about you, but I’m singing “One of these things is not like the others” in my head. Are you? Ha, good. Welcome to my world.
For the hearts, I colored a piece of white card stock with my Dark Quartz ink (direct-to-paper), then die-cut the hearts. Because my direct-to-paper skills are lacking, there was a cool unevenness to the ink application, and I got light and dark spots, which I think actually makes it more interesting than perfectly colored card stock. I like to embrace my imperfections.
Here’s another version with some of the Elle’s Studio products:
I put a piece of paper behind the wood veneer piece to make the letters stand out, and I didn’t bother coloring the wood – I kinda liked it nekkid.
As for flipping the sketch, you could totally put the word at the top left (or right) instead of the bottom right, like this:
This card is an example of not using circles/squares for ALL of the sketch elements. I kinda mixed them up by adding the stamped heart, making one of the circles some Elle’s Studio wood veneer, and stamping the sentiment directly onto the card front. I also added a stamped horizontal image to cut all the roundness.
Then I thought I’d try it without any of the circles — just with the hearts, so I made this:
It’s a lot “cleaner” or CAS. Lots of white space. And there’s more of those cool unevenly colored hearts. 🙂
This next one uses stamped squares:
Still pretty simple, and since it had so many square edges, I rounded the one corner. I thought it needed it. I also thought it needed some contrast over all that orange, so I added some blue stars. This still follows the sketch, even with the added embellishments. No one said you can’t add stuff. The sketch just needs to be obvious, and it is here.
For my next card I got a little technique-y:
I actually used a flower here, like in the sketch. I embossed a stamped image with white embossing powder, colored it with Distress inks, then cut it into rectangles (instead of squares). It’s almost even, even. It needed a spot of another color, so I dug into my cache of Hero Arts paper flowers and pulled out this one. I stuck it on with a brad and then added the pearls around the brad in a pool of Glossy Accents. I think this is my favorite of the cards. 🙂
Okay, one more:
For this one I stamped the Hero Arts Lace Background onto a Shallows note card and embossed it with white embossing powder, then added some colored Elle’s Studio wood veneer pieces. I moved the bottom left element over a little to make room for the stickers I used for the “you”. Okay, maybe THIS one is my favorite. 🙂
Just a reminder: The sketch segment here at ABNH is not a separate challenge and there is no linky below. It’s just for added inspiration and to help jump-start your mojo. Please feel free to incorporate the sketch in your creations! If you do, please link back to ABNH and also leave a comment below with a link to your post so we can all come by and see what you’ve done with it. 🙂
Don’t forget to play our current Flowers challenge! There’s a Simon Says Stamp Gift Voucher up for grabs for one lucky player!
Products used: Elle’s Studio Love You More products, SU Night of Navy card stock, misc brad, clear embossing powder, and the following: