Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hero Hostess and Friends : )

I still can’t quite believe this is happening, but I have just become a Hero Hostess!! I’m so excited and feel honoured to have been invited to be a Hostess by Hero Arts. I would like to say a big thanks to Hero Arts, my absolute favourite company (as you can probably tell from my blog!), for everything so far and for what promises to be a fun three months ahead.

Hero Arts is such a generous company and I love the fantastic quality and amazing range of their images\products. Nearly everything I’ve learned about card making has been through the artists on the Hero Arts blog and the members of the Hero Arts Flickr group. As well as learning and enjoying the fun aspects of the blog and group, one of the brilliant and unexpected benefits for me in joining the group has been the wonderful friends I’ve made within the group. I know a lot of other great friendships have also been formed because of the group. My good friend Linda donned her apron yesterday and I’m so happy we’ll be sharing this great adventure together. I can’t wait till you “meet” the rest of the hostesses during the week – you’ll love them!

Rainbow of Friends
Stamps (Hero Arts) - Scattered Leaves, Antique Engravings, Clouds Background, Big and Small Flowers, Music Background, Tree Birds and Messages

Tami from Hero Arts gave us the great theme of friendship to work with for our cards for the blog this week. The blocks on my card represent some of the wonderful friends I’ve made in the group and have had great chats and laughs with. A detailed description of how I made the card can be found here on the Hero Arts website, but here is a brief description. I applied various distress inks (Shabby Shutters, Mustard Seed, Broken China, Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans and Barn Door) to panels of white card and spritzed some with water. Using the same inks I stamped the images on each panel, the exception being where I used white ink for the Music Background. The sentiment was embossed in white and the completed panels were then machine stitched to the card base.

Rainbow of Friends Close Up

To make the flowers I stamped a piece of red fabric and a piece of yellow fabric with the small flower from the Big and Small Flowers set. Then I put together three layers - a piece of unstamped fabric on the bottom, wadding in the middle and on the top the piece of stamped fabric face up. Using a tiny stitch setting on my sewing machine, I stitched all the layers together by stitching the outlines of the petals. The smaller details were hand stitched and I sewed some beads to the centre. Then I cut out the flowers trimming close to the stitched edge without cutting through the stitches.

21 comments:

Barb said...

Congratulations, Heather! Her Arts sure picked the perfect hostess! You are going to have such fun! I'm so happy for you and your card is just beautiful! Love all the stitched blocks, representing Flickr friendships! Brilliant idea! Enjoy these next three months. . .they go by so quickly! Doin' the happy dance for you this morning! YAY!!:)

Suzanne C said...

Whoo Hoo! Congrats my friend. This is a beautiful card and love all the colors and images you used! Wonderful!

Sarah said...

Congrats, Heather! Well deserved! LOVE your card!

Nancy said...

YEAH! Congratulations Heather! You are going to be the BEST hostess, and as usual, this is a gorgeous card!

Lin said...

SO happy for you to join the sisterhood of the Apron!! YAY!!

Rosemary said...

huge, huge congrats to you heather! i was hoping they would pick you as a hostess! i know you will be wowing us continually with your talent!!

Maureen Morton said...

Heather - I am sooo excited for you! You are so sweet and so talented - they are luck to have tagged you for this great job. You are most amazing. Love this card, too! Hugs, Maureen

Isha said...

Yay!!!! Congrats Heather...you surely deserved it. I am so so happy for you, wish you could see my big smile:))
Cant wait to see your creations.
Hugs

Virginia L. said...

This card truly shows off your BIG talent---distressing, stitching, patching all into one! CONGRATS, Heather! I knew this day would come...you are going to be a FABULOUS hostess!

CinnamonSally said...

Congratulations Heather your card is truely stunning, I love how you use your sewing machine, so inspiring. (I have been inspired to do a Adult Ed class this weekend on patchwork and I am really looking forward to it). Love your new buddy icon!!
Hugs
Sally

Julie M said...

Congrats, Heather - they couldn't have picked a more talented crafter!!!

Julie

AnitaRex said...

Heather I am so happy for you becoming a hostess! You will do so well! Love your card it's soo pretty! :>

Deirdre said...

So thrilled for you, am loving the green apron.

Sue McRae said...

Love your colourful card Heather and congrats on donning the apron!

Brenda said...

I am so thrilled for you Heather! Congratulations! I have always admired your work on the HA Flickr site! Love your beautiful card today! Such warm colours!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Big congrats, Heather! Love your wonderful friendship card and I'm so happy to share hostess duties with you!!

Trinh said...

I was really hoping you would be picked and I know you will be awesome! Your card is gorgeous and shows off so many of the details that I love about your cards.

Patricia said...

Congratulations Heather so glad for you =P Your card is amazing =P

Dawn said...

Congratulations Heather.... well deserved!!!!! Your work is outstanding and you will be so inspiring to us all...

Nancy said...

I'm so happy for you, Heather! And I'm so happy for the whole Flickr group, what a treat it will be to have you as a Hostess. Enjoy!
I am so loving your fabulous friendship card, every detail is so perfect, so you....I'm looking forward to seeing all of your inspiring work!
blessings~

dustypenny (Joy) said...

Congrats, Heather! So happy for you!

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