Monday, October 24, 2016

Hero Hostess Alumni Blog Hop

Hello friends! 
Today is a special day as I join my alumni hostesses from Hero Arts for a fun blog hop.
Back in 2009, I was part of the Hero Arts Hostess over Flickr group. It was one of the most exciting time of my stamping life. I never forget the fun and creative time as a hostess. 
https://heroarts.com/hero-hostess-blog-hop-day-1/

 So, without further ado....
welcome to the Hero Arts Hostess Hop, featuring fabulous stamps from the new 2016 release and winter catalogue!  Today's hop starts from my little humble blog :)
Vintage Christmas Post Matching Die
 
 For my projects, I am sharing interesting ways of using Stamp and Die combo.
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Keynotes about this card:
~work the background: starting from the bottom part of the card, I stamped and embossed the script , leaves and pine-cones.
~stamp the bird in colors: I colored the cardinal lightly with watercolors.
~don't forget the splatter and sequins!

Merry Christmas (close-up)

I love how fun and easy it is to coordinate these images. 

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And if you ever wonder how else you can do with this stamp, here is a previous example I did.
I stamped a wreath by using all the smaller stamps.
You can watch my You Tube video here. 


(there is a stamp set giveaway for becoming my You Tube subscribers) 
 Merry Christmas
I hope that you are inspired by my projects.
 
Hero Arts will be awarding 4 prizes ($25 to Hero Arts online shop).
Today's hop:
1 $25 Hero Arts shopping spree
1 bonus prize on the Hero Arts blog
Tomorrow's hop
1 $25 Hero Arts shopping spree
1 bonus prize on the Hero Arts blog

 The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning! Please comment by Sunday Oct 30 by 11:59pm PT for a chance to win.

If you find a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Arts Blog.

Today's blog hop list:
Virginia Lu (you are here)

You next stop is Emily Leiphart's blog!
Be sure to stop by all the stops and Hero Arts and leave some blog love! We have another excellent line-up of hostesses over Hero Arts Blog tomorrow. You will love the inspiraiton!
Thank you for stopping by!

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Suzanne C said...

Virginia they are both beautiful! Love the mix of colors you used on your first card they are charming together and the card is lovely. Your wreath is wonderful!

Heather Doran said...

Fabulous cards, Virginia! Wonderful mix of images, colours and techniques on the first card and your wreath card looks amazing! Thanks again for all the work you put into organising the hop! It has been great fun hopping with you again:)

Unknown said...

Pretty cards, time well spent!

Teresa Doyle said...

These are both beautiful cards Virginia and I am ALWAYS inspired wen I see your work! TFS!

Kailash said...

Absolutely love your card designs, , the colors, techniques are so inspiring on each of your cards:-)))

BeverlyBL said...

What a cute little scene you created with this set. I love that cardinal and how you colored it. Your wreath is beautiful, too.

Lee Ellen Chinn said...

These cards are beautiful.

kReN K said...

Both cards are wonderful. I love how the first one has a post card feel to it. I also love how the smaller shapes are used on the second card to create a wreath. I love finding a use for smaller images! Great project and thanks for the inspiration! kReN@afourthlife

StampinLouie said...

Virginia your card is sooooo beautiful. Love the set too.

~amy~ said...

Virginia, both of your cards are gorgeous...love your way with color!

Nandini said...

Both the cards are beautiful! Love how delicate these stamps are.

paperpicnic said...

Good Morning, Virginia! Such a lovely way to start the blog hop! Both of your cards are gorgeous, I love the shine!

gabriella said...

Wow, that card that looks like a wreath is just wonderful

Barb Ghig said...

Two really beautiful cards, Virginia! You know how much I love your wreath, and how you showcased the latest stamps and dies on your new card! Such a striking color palette, too...especially on the bird...WOW!

4Ucards said...

Thank you for taking the time to create the video. Your stamping of the wreath was very helpful. I love this card is it very beauitiful.

Robin Platt said...

Virginia both cards are beautiful. I wat he'd your wreath YouTube video a few days ago and can't wait to try my own version of the wreath card. Just waiting for MISTI to arrive. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent.

Michelle Liimatainen said...

Virginia,

The cards are absolutely breathtaking. So colorful and vibrant is that bird!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love both cards, Virginia! Your cardinal scene looks amazing and what a gorgeous wreath!! Great job kicking off today's list of talented hoppers!!

Judy Hendrix said...

Absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful layout using the cardinal stamp set! Love the wreath, also!

Kathy H said...

I love the chubby little cardinal and your wreath looks fantastic!

diana said...

Great cards! :)

Shelly said...

Such BEAUTIFUL cards, Virginia!

Sharon Wentz said...

Beautiful cards! Great start for the hop!

Scraplea 1 said...

Oh wow, beautiful! Love your soft style with color and detail. Thanks for sharing on this fun blog hop!

Russell Productions said...

Nice cards. Thanks for sharing.

Debra Rumpza said...

Love the wreath you created!

patti said...

Your cards are beautiful!!

The Gift Diva said...

I love the postcard stamp! I need that in my life! Thanks for the beautiful creations!

Cyndee said...

I LOVE how you made the stamps into a wreath!!! You could certainly use that year round also as a good way to stretch your stamps.

Sabrina said...

OH what lovely card!!

Nina B said...

These cards are so pretty!

cissi said...

Love the wreath and how you made it!

Melynn said...

Two really beautiful cards-thanks for the fun!

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards!! Love the wreath!! So pretty and delicate!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Lovely card.

Lindar C said...

Lovely cards, that you for the video.

LaVon Hall said...

Lovely cards. Thanks for the inspirations.

Linda S. said...

I really like the mixed media look of your cards.

Pat R said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards....so delicate and delightful....the wreath looks real...

Leslie Kiley said...

Both your cards are amazing! I love your watercolor looks! They are soft yet vibrant and really are stunning!

Darrell Mundy said...

I'm going to do a wreath card this year, and you have inspired me to change my coloring to less traditional. Wonderful ideas ! Thank you!!!

Debrah Binard said...

Virginia, I love the cards! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Barb said...

Virginia, I am in love with both cards! I actually gasped when I saw that amazing wreath! So beautiful! It's been such a joy getting back together with you and all the hostesses! Thank you for al you did to keep us organized and sane! Lol! Hugs! ❤️

Linda M said...

Very pretty cards! I especially like the wreath card. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

Lin said...

A beautiful use of that stamp set, my friend! Thank you for organizing all of us - I am amazed at the beautiful work I saw this morning!

Sue LD said...

Very pretty cards. I really like the wreath you created.

Lucy E. said...

Your cards are both very pretty.
Your video was very helpful showing
how to stamp the wreath.
I love that new stamp set!

Martha Berry said...

I'm glad I don't have to pick a favorite here as they are both so pretty! I love the use of embossing, die cutting and stamping to achieve dimension and texture on the cardinal card. And the wreath is just beautiful. Using the little stamps is genius! Lots of inspiring ideas, Virginia:) Thank you for sharing!

Carol Didier said...

I love your beautiful collage! The vintage feel of your card takes me back to my childhood Christmases. Thank you!

Paper Heart Scissors said...

Beautiful! Love the modern splatters with the vintage stamp designs.

CinnamonSally said...

Gorgeous cards Virginia, love the colours you have chosen very vintage. I especially love the wreath card.

Ericka O said...

The versatility of the stamp set, as you've shown, creates a nice scene, or a fantastic wreath.

Bonnie said...

You keep making me want this beautiful set, Virginia! Hopefully soon! I enjoyed seeing your beautiful wreath and how you've created it too!

danceswithhooves said...

I love the fun colors you chose! It makes the whole image POP in a bright yet lovely way!

Bobby said...

I love how you used all parts of the set for your cardinal card, Virginia. The wreath is lovely with the various colors of green.

Renee Thompson said...

I like the postmark in the corner, it just adds the right touch.

joy said...

Great use of this wonderful stamp and die set, Virginia! I love both of your cards; so pretty and wonderfully created. Thanks for your videos, too!!

donna mikasa said...

Gorgeous, festive card! Love the pop of color from the cardinal. And now I "need" that stamp set!

Mel said...

Beautifully detailed card. Just lovely

cghundley said...

Such lovely cards
and wonderful
stamping.
Carla from Utah

Tiffany Ervin said...

Virginia!! You know I adore your work! You really made that first card pop with such vintage goodness, it's so soft, delicate, airy, love the wisps of the leaf stems, beautifully done! And I really LOVE how you made your own wreath from the same set!!

Barbara said...

I'm sure this is going to be a fantastic blog hop with all the Hero Hostess alumni participating. They were chosen in the past for their talents and it will be fun to see them again. Thanks for organizing and for sharing your beautiful cards. I do love the Vintage stamp set and think your cards show it off beautifully. Both the cardinal and the wreath card are the style I love.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Wow, just beautiful! Love how it looks like a postcard.

Robin said...

Virginia - there's a beautiful & delicate quality with your card. It's beautiful & your color choices are wonderful.!

vicenta ghylin said...

Love both of your cards. Thank you for making the video and sharing your ideas and techniques.

PaperSunshine said...

Wow what gorgeous cards! I'm getting in the spirit!

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

Two beautiful cards ... creating a collage and a wreath.

Deedles said...

Beautiful cards-love especially the Cardinal one.

alexandra s.m. said...

I love it Virginia!

Dee Earnshaw said...

Wow, you have created some gorgeous cards (love the cardinal) which are so very inspiring. Thank you:)

Karen L K said...

Very nice card Virginia! I like all the images you stamped together along the bottom. The wreath card is nice also.

Judy Tuck said...

Pretty design for your first card Virginia and thanks for sharing your tips on creating your lovely wreath card!

Louanne said...

Beautiful, vintage feeling cards. Love how you made the wreath! Thanks for the inspiration!

Geri Stuart said...

Absolutely beautiful cards and terrific release!

Lindsay S said...

I love the wreath card. Thanks for sharing!

Judy Hendrix said...

I absolutely love the wreath card, Virginia!! But actually I think I love the cardinal one better!! ... no, the wreath is my fav! Augh, I love them both equally. This is why I end up buying so many products because I can't make up my mind. Lol. thanks so much for sharing!

Emily Leiphart said...

Stunning cards, Virginia! I love all the colours and composition, especially that first one that looks like a dreamy postcard. Thanks again for all your work organizing this hop! It’s been so fun hopping with all my hostess sisters again!

stampwithsandy said...

Virginia both your cards are gorgeous, but that wreath is stunning!

Deborah Nolan said...

Beautiful cards - my favorite is the wreath! Thank you for all of your hard work on making the hop possible!

Harriet said...

I'm glad I don't have to choose - both cards are wonderful. I am very partial to Cardinals so that card sings to me and the wreath.....excellent. You are so right the sprinkles and sequins simply add the finishing touch.

Tammy J said...

O I love the cards the second one with the wreath is awesome. Good job. TFS

Z Sullivan said...

Great inspiration. I love how you show the versatility of simple, small stamps. TFS.

Jean said...

Such wonderful cards! Love the background and that wreath!

Diann Brodnax said...

Beautiful cards! Loving the cardinal and wreath! :)

Betsey Terry said...

beautiful ideas!! Totally need to get on my cards!

Kori Malakie said...

I really liked how you showed multiple ways to use one stamp!! Thank you for the inspiration!

Char K said...

Love both of these! Thanks for showing two ways with the same set!

Maureen Chandler said...

Both of your cards are lovely and thanks so much for the video - the wreath is wonderful!

cm said...

Inspired AND dazzled by your beautiful cards, Virginia! The wreath is especially eye-catching; I need one like it for my front door!
hugs~carol

Laura Manning said...

I love this cardinal set. I opted for the layered cardinal, but this set is awesome.

lindagrady said...

Love your wreath using the smaller stamps. It's filled in perfectly.

Cindy C. said...

My oh my what lovely cards!! Love how you used this stamp set and matching dies!!

Naama said...

Beautiful cards! I love the wreath stamping technique and this is such a perfect stamp set for it! Thanks you :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Such beautiful cards!

mtscrapgal said...

Thanks for the video of the wreath card. I like your process. Both cards are lovely. Thanks

L. Webb said...

Beautiful! I love both cards, but I especially love the details on the birdie postcard. What a wonderful layout!

Julie McMillin said...

Love the vintage look!!!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Stunning cards. TFS

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the scene with the cardinal.
So light and airy.
the wreath is gorgeous.
It's that time of year again -
look forward to making wreaths.
thanks for sharing.

Carol Ric said...

Both cards are beautiful. The wreath is gorgeous and I loved how you stamped it. tfs

Linda said...

Love your card with the mix of colors, the splatters and the beautiful bird. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

foggy b said...

The cards are FAB! Love your use of smaller stamps to create the wreath.

Linda R. said...

Beautiful cards and thanks so much for the video!

Betty Keefe said...

love your wreath and thanks for showing how you stamped it - just bought that set so am going to have to make a wreath i think!!

Gloria Reynolds said...

Just love your layering ideas. Both cards are great...why do I always feel I need to stamp a whole wreath image, when i can just create my own. Great colors!

Leni said...

Love both your cards! I especially love wreaths, can't help it!

Nat Byrne said...

Beautiful cards, the bird card paper looks textured with your technique!

judy said...

I love this stamp set and the beautiful cards you made using it!

Barbie said...

Hi Love the wreath, it looks real.

foleysfriend said...

I love your creations, Virginia and you make it look so easy!

Tricia Kennedy said...

Loved watching your video!

Sarah J. Moerman said...

Beautiful cards, Virginia! Love the collage you created with the first card and your wreathe is lovely!

Kathy MacDonald said...

This is one of my favourite stamp/die sets and I love how you have used it here. Just gorgeous!

Talitha Wright said...

Both of these cards are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Satori said...

Great cards! Love the wreath and video!

IS said...

Love your cards, especially the cardinal! They look beautiful!

ecpiercy said...

Beautiful cardinal! I love how you've mixed the greens.

Anne said...

Virginia, both your cards are beautiful. I love the watercoloring, just beautiful!

anmatt1@aol.com

Kathy said...

These are so lovely, colorful with a soft vintage look.

Sherri Thacker said...

Gorgeous cards Virginia!!

fdgtgrl said...

You really made those stamps come to life beautifully ... 😍

kathy ness said...

The wreath is my favorite!!

Denise candelaria said...

Love the use of color and the wreath. Love christmas time that is when all the magic happens and the most amazing cards happen great job.

a02cd51c-4845-11e4-b1f8-63cb85b8cd3c said...

Beautiful cards. I like your technique of making the wreath. TFS

Christy Q said...

Gorgeous card, Virginia! The splatters and sequins are awesome accents and I love how you made a wreath - super cool!

flossn1 said...

Myfirst Blog Hop Lovely work Thank you for sharing

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful cards Virginia! That is my favourite new Hero Set this season.

Lee MacAdam said...

Wonderful cards. Love the mix of color.

Janelle said...

Beautiful cards with a delicate touch....Lovely colors, too. Thanks for inspiring us.

I Card Everyone said...

Yes, Virginia, I DO LOve your style!!! Always delightful, with plenty of interesting elements, too ...
=]

Susan K said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent. Can't wait to try stamping a wreath of my own.

196c6786-9a46-11e6-9e9b-03ff6c1e97ef said...

I loved your video. Your colors are great. Wonderful card

Zelda C said...

Beautiful cards! The wreath card is my favorite - it's gorgeous!

Lynne said...

I, too, was blown away by the beauty of your wreath and your incredible video. Lots of tips and a lot of effort to bring this to us. Thank you.

Taralu said...

Wonderful use of colour Virginia! Very pretty cards.

ksdavis1947 said...

Great color and design. Love that wreath! Thank you for the video instruction.

Farley said...

Gorgeous card and lovely composition.

bzyPTmom said...

Both cards are gorgeous--my favorite by far is the wreath one. Thanks!

Rema said...

Gorgeous projects Virginia!

Margarita Navarro-Rivera said...

Love that wreath card!

Amy C. said...

Beautiful holiday cards! Great colors and pretty stamps.

Brenda Fernandez said...

Beautiful card

Crafty Little Peach said...

Very pretty!!!! I just love all the color!

Pitney said...

Your wreath video is wonderful. You made it look just so easy. Thank you.

Pat McCleary said...

Your wreath is just beautiful.Using simple images sure produced wonderful results.

StampinLouie said...

Love. The cards and thanks for sharing he video of the wreath. Love that set.

KimberlyRae said...

Beautiful work, Virginia! I love your attention to detail. Each card is a mini-masterpiece.

croppergal said...

I love the way you pulled that wreath together! It turned out so well!

Kymn Stanley said...

Beautiful wreath! Thank u for sharing.

Kymn Stanley said...

Beautiful wreath! Thank u for sharing.

Bella Ruby Creations said...

I love layering stamps! I love all of the inovation going in to stamp sets today. Im always eager to learn the next newest techniques. Love the Cardinal set

Elizabeth Garcia said...

Beautiful work virginia!
Lovely and elegant.

Elizabeth Garcia said...

Beautiful work a Virginia!
Lovely and elegant!

jcobb said...

Your cards are so lovely. I really like the cardinal stamp. I have two cardinals that stay in my crab apple tree year 'round since my husband passed away. Everyone says that if you have cardinals, they are a sign that a loved one in Heaven is telling you that they are watching over you. I have to have that stamp!

Traci said...

Love the cardinal and the wreath!

Ann Washabaugh said...

Those are 2 very beautiful cards. Thanks so much for sharing your talent! You have given me some inspiration! Happy Crafting!!

Beverly said...

These cards are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing the video on stamping the wreath - it turned out so lovely!
b-koz@valornet.com

Lisa said...

Both are so pretty Virginia! I like the earthy look they both have!

SueT said...

You did a great job with the stamps. I like that the cardinal is popped from the surface. Great idea to use small stamps to make a wreath. Thank you for sharing and participating in the Blog Hop!

Kittie said...

Your cardinal card was lovely but I really loved your wreath card. It so pretty and whimsical.

Dorothy Mutafopulos said...

These cards are beautiful. I truly love the wreath you made with the stamp and the cardinal is so beautiful done. So now I think I am going shopping.
Thanks for your your ideas with us.

Sandy McAllister said...

Beautiful card Virginia Love the wreath too

shelly c said...

They're both beautiful cards, I love the soft watercolour look!

Deeps said...

Absolutely beautiful cards. Love the bird image.

Sheila H said...

Your cards are beautiful, Virginia. I love the background for your bird.

Carolee McCaslin said...

Your cards are beautiful!!!!

Arlene said...

I love the watercolor technique. How lovely and modern.

Happy Hopping with you!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the nature look. Like the watercoloring. Arrangements are wonderful.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

A Thinker said...

I love that this set includes the ground piece which allows for more versatility when creating outdoor scenes. I also like the trees and springs. Well done combining them to create this lovely card.

Barbara Green said...

What a gorgeous wreath with a lot of technique.

Linda H said...

Beautiful! Love the wreath you created with the stamps. Thanks!

Cheryl Robertson said...

Beautiful cards. Love the wreath.

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful details on your pretty cards! Love that wreath!

Abby said...

Great cards!

Dar said...

Such pretty cards! It is hard to choose just one.

Denise K said...

I love your card with the cardinal bird. But then I saw you make the wreath, wow, beautiful. I have never been bold enough to attempt the wreath with small single stamps like that but you made it look so easy. Lovely. I will now try that.

rosalie said...

Love your cards Virginia and great video!! I don't own a MISTI..still on my wish list! Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway!

LDomroes said...

Your wreath card is stunning. Thanks for sharing how you made it.

pcm said...

that cardinal card! Awesome!

Cheryl Bates said...

Thank you for sharing your inspirational card. The colors of the pine branches are realistic. The detailed video makes it clear how to make a similar card.
Cheryl

Constance Hildebrand said...

Especially love the wreath video/card. Thanks so much for the clear instructions.

Diane said...

I am absolutely in love with that wreath! So inspiring. Thanks for the video.

Mary Beth Krakowski said...

This card is so pretty. I really admire your ability to stamp the wreath with the resulting fullness and lovely appearance. Great job.

Dottie Acosta said...

Really nice thanks for sharing ��

Bonnie Mayo said...

Beautiful cards, I love the colors.

inkenstinker said...

Oh, I have to get this set! Beautiful work!

Norma T. Gomez said...

Gorgeous ards! The Cardinal is so cute and love the color you used. The Wreath is just awesome, very pretty.

Eve N said...

I've been eyeing this stamp set for awhile and your beautiful cards confirm it's a must have winter set.

Patricia Nikkila said...

I love the wreath card. Simple but beautiful. Thanks

cindybearj said...

Your cards are beautiful. I love that wreath!

Pennie Glasser said...

The bird is beautiful, but I especially like the wreath.

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Awesome cards.

RoboGirlRN N said...

Yes, Virginia! I love the sound of stamping on the paper, lol! Makes me want to stamp. You're so creative and I'm always inspired by your design.

Carissa said...

Love the Wreath! The video was great showing the technique so well...will have to try it myself!

Shirley N said...

Both cards are beautiful but I especially LOVE your wreath. Enjoyed your video, thanks for the inspiration!

Trollet65 said...

Beautiful Card, Virginia! Love how you built/layered the background and I also really like the wreath card.

Vesta McDonald said...

Both cards are great. The coloring on the cardinal is really nice. The wreath is lovely.

Marie said...

Love both techniques. Very beautiful.

sweetcheeks said...

Love the design of the bird on the card. Lovely card

Kim A said...

Beautiful cards Thank you for inspiration

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