2013 Hero Arts Catalog Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2013 Hero Arts Catalog Blog Hop! All of us at BasicGrey are big fans of our friends at Hero.  They not only manufacture the stamps that coordinate with each of our collections, but they’re also some of the nicest people you’ll ever hope to meet!

Earlier in the year, BasicGrey partnered with Hero in our What A Week blog series that paired our products with their stamps to document a week in a designer’s life.  I had so much fun the first time around that I decided to create another project using Hero’s newest stamps.  I limited my supplies to a 6×6 PB&J paper pad, three sheets of Sticker Micro Monograms.

I chose to document a week from this past summer.  My second month of being a mama to three children.  A local children’s event.  A spa day for dolls.  A visit from my husband’s parents.

Storytime.  Brownie baking.  Our son’s second month.  A project created at Home Depot.  A day trip to see family.

Can I tell you how much I fell in love with this CG517 Hexagon Background stamp?  It was gorgeous in the package but when i actually used it for the first time, I couldn’t believe how crisp the image was!  I see myself making many cards for my Project Life album with this stamp.  Stamped in Hero’s Soft Pool Shadow ink, it paired perfect with the paper I had selected from the PB&J paper pad.

To house the dates of the week I was creating, I used the frame image from the CL660 Tape Your Message set.  I used this set several times throughout my layout.  Definitely a keeper as it’s so versatile!

What I love most about using stamps in my Project Life album is the ability to make everything coordinate by simply switching ink colors.  For this journaling card, I paired a circle tag from CL660 Tape Your Message set with the S5637Tiny Ink Spots stamp.

Although this photo isn’t perfect by any means, I had to include it.  It was a hot day and we were inside for the afternoon when my daughters decided their dolls needed baths.  I obliged by providing Pyrex tubs for both of them – lucky dolls!  (Word on the street is that Santa is bringing real doll baths for Christmas – whew!)  The stamped “favorite” is a partial image from the CL651 My Favorites set.  This set is likely geared more towards card makers but I made it work for me by just stamping a single word on the stamp.

Three cards, three more examples of the CL660 Tape Your Message set in use!  The photo of my son uses the circle label style stamp to house his age.  The middle card utilizes the same stamp that I used in my title card for the page but this time I cut it in half to use at both the top and bottom of the card.  The third card uses one of the washi style images from the set.  Again, with the right color of ink, it’s a perfect match for PB&J!

Likely my favorite card from this layout.  The E5740 Heart Cupcake stamps was the perfect choice to pair with this photo of my youngest daughter helping me bake.  I used dimensional adhesive to have it stand out from the rest of the card.  I also used a small heart embellishment from a past Studio Calico kit to highlight the hearts on the top of the cupcake.

An arrow stamp?  Nope!  This “arrow” was created with the S5654 Tweed Pattern background stamp.  By using only a row of the large background image and trimming the end to a “v” I had an instant arrow that worked great for this photo.

Want a chance to win a Hero Arts prize pack?  Be sure to comment on this post letting them know what you think of their new stamps!  Hero will be randomly choosing winners from ALL blog hop comments received by midnight PST on Monday, December 17.

Thank you so much for stopping by the BG blog and to Hero Arts for including us in their hop!  Next it’s time to hop over to our friend Tami Hartley’s blog.  


By the way… If we reach 20,000 Facebook Likes before Christmas, we’ll select one lucky fan at random to win a $100 shopping spree to basicgrey.com. Spend it on yourself or by something special for those on your list – the choice is yours!


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