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Heartfelt Wishes….

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Good Morning and Happy Saturday,

It’s Lisa, aka (ThePurplePlace), and I am very happy to be sharing another card that I hope will inspire you to take part in our “Encouragement” themed challenge. for your chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store!   For all the details, please click on the August Monthly Challenge link over the side-bar!   To enter your card, you’ll need to scroll down the page and look for that cute little Blue Inlinkz Frog!    It’s also hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day of August and for many that means the kiddos are already back in school or will be very soon!  I’m  one who loves Summer so it’s hard for me to see it end, but I know many of you love Fall and that change of seasons.

For my card today, I’m still very much still creating with my favorite colors and also colors that very much remind me of Summer, especially the beautiful “Pool” color I used for my card base, which I created with Hero’s fabulous layering papers.    I started this card by picking out my stamp set and it’s one that I have loved since the day I first saw it.   It’s called “Making the World a Better Place” and that alone makes me think it’s perfect for this challenge.  I also wanted to doing something fun and different so today I decided to paper-piece my flower and did that by stamping the image several times onto a variety of patterned papers, all in the teal and purple color combo.    I also used those same two patterned papers for as part of my background which always turned out to be a great way to tie all the elements together.   I matched the papers to the inks I had used on my water-colored background which was I created using Distress Inks, an acrylic block, some watercolor paper and a water mister.  I simply took the inks pads, and stamped the color directly onto my block and then misted it with water before stamping it onto watercolor paper.  The colors I used for this card are Shaded Lilac, Broken China and Evergreen Bough.   Once I had my background stamped I dried it with my heat gun and then quickly applied a second layer, using the same colors, but in a slightly different pattern.   After it was nice and dry, I stamped the flower image directly on top using Hero’s Black Ink.  I then slowly cut the pieces from the patterned papers and paper-pieced the onto my card.

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Next, I started my card base which I quickly created using Hero’s gorgeous “Pool” layering paper.  Then I worked on my background, using the same “Patterned Papers” I had used on my flowers.  These just happen to be two of my all time favorites and sadly are both now retired.  The purple was from Memory Box and the lovely Teal was from Stampin’ UP. Luckily, I stocked up, when I first bought them and still have my own little special stash.    I used the “Avery Elle-ments” custom Panel die set to cut the papers into these fun geometrical shapes and adhered them to my Pool card base.  The next step was adding my stamped flowere, which I first cut down a bit, using one of the fabulous Stitched Dies, from Lil’ Inker Designs.  I used foam tape to pop the image up off the card and then using another die from the Avery Elle set, I cut out a white label for my Sentiment.  I chose “Heartfelt Wishes”, which is from one of my older Hero Arts Sets, called All Occasion Messages.   I stamped it in Hero’s Grape Juice Shadow Ink, and then added under the flower to complete this card.   I really loved how using both of these colors together turned out and I’m sure it’s a combination I will use again!

I hope that I have inspired you to create an “Encouragement” themed project and submit it to the challenge before it ends at midnight tomorrow.   Be sure that your entry includes at least ONE Hero Arts product.   One lucky winner will win a $25.00 gift certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Supply Store!  Woohoo!  In the meantime, if you are interested in doing some shopping now, please feel free to use my Design Team Promo Code – LISAH15 – which will save you 15% on your entire order of $25.00 and up (excluding shipping).   We are very happy to have several new Christmas products in from the latest release and will continue to add more and re-stock, what has already sold out.

We are also continuing to add new Digital Kits to the store and are very excited about now selling these “Exclusively” for Hero Arts!   I’m loving all the Hybrid cards I have already created with some of my digital kits.   I hope you all had a chance to take part and see the fabulous inspiration in the “Digital Blog Hop“, that was hosted by Hero Arts and a2z Scrapbooking this past Monday!   If not, I highly recommend you check it out today, it’s awesome.

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Taking part in the Blog Hop will also give you a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate to our store!   How cool would that be!   You can find the blog hop post HERE on our blog, or start HERE on Hero’s Blog.   Have fun and good luck and be sure to enter our “Encouragement” Challenge quickly, both contests close tomorrow, Sunday August 31st at 11:59 PM EDT!!  Hope you all enjoy your weekend and for those of you here in the U.S. a nice long weekend, as we celebrate Labor Day on Monday!!

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One thought on “Heartfelt Wishes….

  1. Gorgeous card, Lisa! I love the color combo and how you played with your water colors! Your flower is absolutely stunning, too!
    Thanks for walking us through your process…I appreciate it very much!

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