Thursday, February 12, 2015

New HERO ARTS - In STOCK Now at a2z Scrapbooking!!!

  I am SUPER excited to let you know that several items from the Brand New Hero Arts Spring 2015 Catalog are NOW in stock and ready to ship over at the a2z Scrapbooking Store!   I am also delighted to SHARE my DT Promo Code -- LISAH15 -- which will save you 15% off of ANY and ALL orders of $25 and up (excluding Shipping).

   Keep in mind that many things are selling super fast and more are due in within the next week or so.  Also, some items like the new "Ombre Inks" are currently back ordered with Hero and those will be coming in shortly.

  For the BEST Selection SHOP early!   I placed my first order today and will be adding more!  I can't wait to buy the Ombre Inks, a lot of the cute new "Dog Themed" goodies and those fun new Stamp and Cut Sets.   Below are pictures of some of my new favorites!!  


Hero Arts Hello Stamp Cut DC151 Clear Stamp die

Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Succulents CL839 Clear Stamps

Hero Arts 3-D Cactus Pair Frame Cuts DI112

  And for the Dog lovers, Like me......

Hero Arts Dog House Frame Cut Die DI116
Hero Arts Dog House Stamp K6079 Wood Rubber Stamp

Hero Arts Pet Toys Frame Cuts Dies DI116 fish yarn dog bone cheese

Hero Arts Thanks Stamp Cut DC152 clear stamps die

   Be sure to check back daily --- anything that has sold out in this first batch, has been re-ordered and many other items are still being shipped directly from Hero Arts!    I am so excited and really happy with this latest catalog, so many fun new things!!  To see ALL the goodies from the Spring 2015 Release - please stop over at the Hero Arts Site, where you'll find the FULL catalog Here !!

Happy Shopping!!

Click HERE to SHOP!!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

It's all about Love....

    For the first time in ages, I have actually had some time to sit down at my craft desk and create some new cards.   It's been a challenge with my hip, but the past days days, I've also been in less pain, so I'm taking full advantage....

    I have quite a few new cards to share and will not go into all the details...However, you can feel free to send me message, IF you do have any questions.  I used  variety of stamps and digital images for all of these cards...and totally enjoyed ,making each and every one.

    My first two were cards were created yesterday for the latest Scramble over at the Hero Arts Flickr Group.   For me details, please see this post, which was shared by Betty, our Hostess for this Challenge.   Loved here them as well as the two inspiration images she had for us.  Thanks Betty!!

My first Scramble Card

  This card is also being submitted to this week's MUSE Challenge, where we had this wonderful card by Vicki as our inspiration.   For my take, I created a background using a new Stampin' up heart themed embossing folder and also added a red heart along the a "Love" sentiment, which om my card was created with a die set from SSS.   

Vicki's Card

    My card would also be  perfect for the current "Embossing" themed challenge over at the a2z Scrapbooking blog, which you'll fine HERE!   Come on over and play along!!

My second Scramble Card

  I used one of my favorite oldie but goodies Hero Arts Background stamps, to create the Script for both cards.  It's called Old Letter Writing and also is nice for this type of background.   Most of the heart themed dies I used are from Hero Arts, as is all the Red, White and Black Layering Papers I used on each card.   Two other hearts are from one of my older Spellbinder Sets.    PS:  If YOU love the Black Layer Paper by Hero, it's now be discontinued, but YOU can find it over at the a2z Scrapbooking Store, on clearance @ only $1.50 per pack - a great deal!  I picked up five packs for ME and may have to go buy a few more!   Black will now only be available as part of the  "mixed sets" !  

    These new few cards were my creations from today and boy did I have fun breaking out my Copics to color all this sweet little robots, all from Pink Cat Studios, which has always been one of my favorites stores for fun and whimsical digi images.    These cards were created for my boys for Valentine's Day -- seems not matter how old they get, I still love to send them fun little cards in the mail...something to make them smile and brighten their day.

  I hope you like these cuties too.....they are also very much my style and I really had a lot of fun coloring these up today.  I very much kept with with Red, White,  and Black theme !!  

   After my fun, I went back to more "traditional" valentines and made my final two, starting with this very CAS style card that features the fabulous "Renaissance Heart" die that is from Hero Arts.  Its' always been a favorite and after I saw it used in a card that "Barb" created for yesterday Scramble, I knew I had to dig mine out to put it to good use.   And the best news, is that you can find it in stock NOW over at the a2z Scrapbooking Store!  

  And last by not least is a card that I created with another of my older Wooden Stamps, this one is by Tim Holtz, but it does NOT have the name on it and for the life of me I can't seem to find it online.  I thought it was Tattoo Heart or something like that, but have not had any luck in finding a link for you. IF anyone knows the exact name, please share and I'll happily update this post.   NOTE:  This link will take you to see the "Cling" set that also contains this image. which is called "Rockstar".

   For this card, I inked up my stamp in Black Versamark and stamped it directly to some "kraft" colored cardstock, and then heat embossed with Hero's Arts Clear Ultra Fine powder.  I colored i the heart with red Copics and then added a layer of 3D Crystal Accents.   I cutthe circles with Nestie dies and mounted it with foam tape on this Woodgrain Background Cardstock that I found in "brown" over at Ellen Hutson's Store.

   And that's it for today!   I also want to say thanks to everyone for the well wishes and happy thoughts while I had my son home for a was awesome to see him and I only he had been here longer...but he lucked out and missed the snowstorms and is now happily safe and warm back in San Lego...which I wish I was at this point too...especially since its' snowing again today and will snow tomorrow and even part of Tuesday?   Please get me out of here !!   We could end up with another 18"foot of SNOW????  

Please send me SPRING....!!!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hello out there.....

....It has been days, since I have done any kind of creating or any blogging....!  Needless to say, Winter has not been kind to me and between the bitter cold, our major blizzard and the increased pain of dealing with a bad hip - I've been kind of down and out of the loop!   Of course, the Blizzard we really was something and despite being stuck in for 3 days, we really are very lucky, as compared to some of those who had terrible ocean damage.   We lucked out, never lost power or internet and had plenty of food on hand, and for all of that -- I am very grateful.   We ended up with just over 2 feet of snow and with the drifts, there are some places in our yard, where the snow is still 3-4' tall and we know it's going to last quite a week, with the bitter cold temps we've had.  We are also due for another storm on Monday with the potential for another 12"....UGH!   I so want SPRING!!

    This picture was taken Thursday....after we dug out when the sun was shining's amazing at how deep the snow is on the ground, but thankfully we little built up on the roof, due to the high winds.   We are thankful for that, as we do NOT or want to worry about roof trouble....

 The dogs all did great and for the most part, spend a lot of time sleeping and staying warm and snuggly in their beds.  
Zeva, (taken the day of the storm), 
was very happy to say in bed all day!!

Scout was my "brave" boy and did venture out
quite a bit during the storm wearing a nice warm fleece.

Skye - maintained her favorite spot on the corner
of the couch, but kept a watchful on all the snow outside...!

   Thankfully, Hubby was home for two days and that was a life saver as far as all the shoveling that had to be done.  Even with the help of Alex, who arrived on Wednesday with a snow-blower, it still took hours to get the driveway and deck, cleared off.   We also have special paths that were dug for the dogs to easily get down the back stairs of the deck, to their fenced area in our yard.  

      Today, I thought I would PUSH myself to at least make one card for the awesome "Clean and Simple 4" Class that I've been taking all week at the Online Card Classroom.  As usual, it's been another fun-filled and jam packed class -- I only wish I was feeling better, so I could spend even more time participating.   

    This card was inspired by two different days in class, one being the day that everyone was working with "Die Cuts", Day 2, and the second being Day 4, where the focus was on adding "Texture" on our cards.  I really LOVE all the great new tips and hints I have learned, yet again, in this amazing class.  I am always so pleased with all the online classes and they've yet to ever disappoint.   Kristina, Jennifer, Julie and all the Guest Designers, always go over and above to make every class a JOY!!   I highly recommend these classes and LOVE that we have lifetime access.  

  This card, as I noted was inspired by Day 2 and Day 4 and was done in my "Signature" color of Purple, and also in a SPRING theme!  The perfect way to help me forget about all the snow outside.
In addition to adding this to the Class Gallery, I am also submitting it to these fun challenges.

  I am now heading into my new "upstairs den" to try and do some of my "pre-surgical" physical therapy exercises, which I might add, have been a LOT more difficult (painful) than I expected.   Even so I do hope by starting a bit now, it will help me be trger and make it easier for me after my surgery.

  This coming week, will be extra special, as my oldest son, (Brian) is coming HOME for a short visit and I just PRAY the weather does not affect his flights.  We have one more storm due Monday and he's due in Tuesday afternoon.  As long as I can make it to the airport on Tuesday to pick him up, I'll be one happy Mom, and so far, it kooks like it should be much better on Tuesday!  YAY!    I can't wait to see him and know that will be the medicine I need to make me smile,    WooHOO!  

  Hope YOU are ALL having a much better winter and good health too!  There is nothing better that good health and I am so looking forward to happier, healthier and warmer days --- Come on SPRING!!

  Oh, and one more thing --- I want to send out a BIG CHEER to my beloved "New England Patriots" who will be playing in the Superbowl tomorrow night.   I hope it's a super game and I truly hope they come back with another WIN for all their fans, here in New England!   GO PATS!!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Checking in....New things...

   Sorry I have not been posting! Sadly, my bad HIP has kind of taken over my life and at this point, and it's not causing me pain to simply try and sit at my craft desk..which is the worst.  I LOVE to create and spending time card-making has also been my little form of "therapy" and relaxation and an escape from the daily down side of living with Fibromyalgia.  Now, having this added discomfort and not being able to sit very long, has really put a damper on doing a whole lot.  At this point, I'm very ready to have my hip replacement surgery, not only to alleviate this pain, but also to feel better, get back to walking and being more mobile and also most of all, to be feel good and feel well enough to create, which I MISS so much.  Thankfully, mu surgery is only a few weeks away now and with all the appointments I have to take care of,  have a lot to get done and I'm sure the time will fly by.   I'm also feeling a bit better, now that our temps have risen a bit and are more seasonable.  We even had a day in the mid 40's this week and for January that feels really good.   The bitter cold days were brutal and that cold, really hurt me physically more than ever before.  I can only hope that next winter will NOT be nearly as bad, once I have my new "titanium" hip!   Yay!

     This post is an update of what I have been doing, along with some fun new things that I wanted to share~!   Happy things that are keeping me busy, and also helping to pass the time until I have my actual surgery.   I can't wait!   I am dying for Spring and know that once Spring arrives, the surgery will be behind me, I should be feeling MUCH better and be able to get out and walk, more like my old self again!   Woohoo!  

    Happily, there is a brand new class starting next Monday, (January 24th) in the fabulous Online Card Classroom !  It's called "Clean & Simple 4" -- Techniques Made Simple -- and I am very happy and excited to already be enrolled.  I know I may not be able to participate too much, right now -- (My hip has decided that be even more painful when I set, so I am struggling to do any cardmaking ), but I know I can sit back watch the videos and play along later.  I LOVE these classes sand have taken EVERY one.   Hope to see you there and already know many of my "online" craft friends are signed up too!  YAY!

     I'm still trying to play in some of my favorite challenges from time to time and did enjoy the last "Hero Arts Flickr Group" Scramble, which was the 100th -- Imagine that!   These are the two card I made, and our theme was to use your all time favorite Hero goodies and that in itself is a challenge, since I am SUCH a huge Hero Fan.   In the end, I did get two cards done and did use two of my many favorites, including my "signature" color -- Purple~

    And speaking of my beloved  Hero Arts  have you seen the new Catalog --- I'm in LOVE with this release, and think it's by far, one of the best in a while.  I can hardly wait for these goodies to be in stock over a a2z Scrapbooking Store.   BTW --- Instead of stepping down from the a2z Design Team, until after my surgery, I've had the opportunity to now be part of the team again, and am NOW instead on a little leave, basically like a Medical leave of absence and I love it.  I really missed the daily interaction with all the DT members and now love being part of the group again.  I am also looking forward to being back to creating again very soon....hopefully as soon as I am more mobile and can sit at my desk and create again!    In the meantime, that means you use my DT Promo Code - LISAH15, to save you 15% on any and ALL orders of $25 and up, (excluding shipping)!  Simply enter the code to your cart during the check out process.  The promo CAN be used for all the brand new products too.   WooHoo!  I'l be sharing updates, as soon as the new goodies are all in the store, but be sure to stop by often and check out the latest new products along with more stock that has been added to the special "Sale/Clearance" section.

a2z Scrapbooking Store

      Plus, there is always a chance to win a Gift Certificate to the store, for playing in our monthly challenges on the a2z Blog.   This month's challenge and details can be found HERE!   Be sure to always use at LEAST one main Hero product and follow the current theme to be eligible to win.  Our them for January is "New to You" -- we love to see your using your NEW Hero Arts products !  I

      And on the topic of challenges, did you know that Simon Says Stamp has a new Flickr Group, well the group is not so new, but they NOW also host a monthly Challenge at the Flickr group in addition to their Monday and Wednesday weekly Blog Challenge.  You can join the group HERE and enter their current challenge too --- This month's theme is "Spots and Dots" and I must get my own card done and entered soon.  I'm a huge fan of Polka dots and also a fan of the SSS exclusive products  -- they are Hero are pretty much my all time favorites and I love combining the two together!

   I also attended a fun little Amuse workshop this past weekend here in town.  I have a friend, "Tobey" who is an Amuse Demo and also a local Inn Owner, who hosts Scrap/Craft Retreats at the Inn along with monthly Amuse Workshops.  If you are every in the area, or would like to shop for Amuse, you can find Tobeys' Amuse Online Store at this LINK!   And the next link will take you to her Inn -- The Linden Tree Inn, which is so quaint and a wonderful Bed and Breakfast!!   

    So that's my update --- everything else is pretty good.  The dogs are all doing pretty well.  Scout, my Senior boy is now being treated for Cushing's Disease, which we hope will make him feel better soon.  Skye and Zeva are very happy, but do miss getting out.  THEY hate the cold and prefer being snuggled in their beds or on the couch near the wood stove...especially on the really cold days.  We all are hoping that Winter will be over soon and that Spring comes early this year!  

Monday, January 5, 2015

Shake, Shake, Shake.... would think after watching tons of videos on creating "shaker cards" that it would be something that would be easy.  After all, they've become quite popular and have been all around blog land for the past several months.  Even today, one of my favorite designers "Jennifer McGuire" shared a new version on her blog.

    But, let me tell ya, that these are NOT easy to make --- at least not for me and especially when instead of following along with one of these wonderful videos, I decided to go for it "blind' and make from my Memory...LOL!   Yes, you can laugh, because I have no memory as I quickly learned again today.

    You can be sure that should I EVER decide to make anther shaker card, Ill be certain to do so by following a more of this from "memory" stuff...that's for sure.   I can however say that the end result is NOT nearly as bad as  thought it would be.  There are a LOT of "mistakes" but I think I did a pretty good job of hiding them with my design.

    And WHY did I even make this card -- well that's all because of the fabulous MUSE card that Vicki shared as the inspiration for this weeks' challenge!  Love Love Love it and seeing hte red, white and black I was determined to try one and go with a Valentine them, using one of my newest die sets "Stitched Heart Dies" from SSS!

Vicki's Fantastic Card

My Card

   In addiction to the MUSE Challenge, I am also entering this "shaker" to these fun new challenges  Please feel free to come on over and play along!
    I am happy and excited that I have finally taking on the "challenge" of creating a shaker card.  Not sure what made me wait so long?  Probably because I do NOT see them as EASY or very CAS cards and right now those are my favorites.  I do like how it worked out and hope the IF I do try another one, I will learn from my first trial and it will be even easier.



A Little About Me

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Purple is my favorite color and ironically - Purple is the Awareness Ribbon color for Fibromyalgia, a chronic illness I now live with. I am a Mom to two grown sons, Alex who is now 22, and Brian amazingly is 27, now happily married to Meghan, my new "daughter" and living across the country in beautiful San Diego. I miss them so much and am looking forward to visiting them again soon. Hubby, me and our three "Pups" (Scout, a Senior Male Dachshund, along with Skye and Zeva, two adorable Chiweenies, who we rescued in 2013), all live very happily in a tiny coastal town in Massachusetts. I am very lucky to be blessed with wonderful friends and I adore and cherish each of my friends as much as my family! I am an avid card-maker and totally love every minute I can spend in my craft room. It's become my passion, a wonderful way to relax and my own little form of therapy. I also enjoy taking online card classes and technique classes at my LSS. Some day, I hope to get away from the cold New England winters and would love to live in a much warmer year round climate. Maybe even San Diego, but never too far from the ocean.