Monday, November 23, 2015

Hearted Christmas Tree for a2z Scrapbooking

Happy Monday friends!

I'm over at
using this fun and inexpensive Hero Arts Stamp Set

I used that heart to create a sweet little Christmas tree!
Hop on over to check it out!

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Watercolor Cornucopia

Oh's Friday!!!

I'm feverishly getting ready for a craft fair on Sunday!  
I haven't done one in a couple years, but
it keeps my mom busy and gives me an excuse to just create.

Today I have an oldie but goodie (or in my eyes a classic) Lawn Fawn image 
perfect for Thanksgiving to enter the latest

I started with some Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder and 
 the retired Lawn Fawn's Harvest Season stamped out on a die cut
Then I masked the image with Fineline Masking Fluid Pen
and waited for a bit before using Distress inks to create a blended background.

Then I carefully rubbed off the masking fluid and used Tombow Markers scratched onto
an acrylic block and a wet brush to watercolor the image.

Because everything was so colorful I went with a tone on tone background using

Check out Instagram (StampnHI) for a closeup pic!

Mahalo for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Tis the Season with Hero Arts Blog Hop

Aloha and welcome to my blog!

I'm Niki G. with A Blog Named Hero and can't wait to share
my love of Hero Arts and their latest Holiday collection with you!

Going in blog hop order you came by way of the awesomely sweet,
Lisa Stein!

I've got some cards today filled with sparkle!
I'm a huge fan of multi-colored lights to trim the tree,
 but my husband prefers white lights.
Do you have a preference? I would love to know!

In today's first card I got to trim my own tree using
Hero Arts Sparkle Borders and Hero Arts Shadow inks.
Take a look...

I simply made my own triangular mask out of typing paper and used a sponge dauber
to define the Christmas tree edge, then stamp out my string of lights (leaving the mask in place.)
  I used a sponge dauber and some Hero Arts Shadow inks to color in the bulbs
 and stickles in coordinating color for more bling!
The "pot" is from Hero Arts Merry Cactus to You
 inked in Hero Arts Sand to Chocolate Brown ombre ink.
I lined the edge of my card base with some red glitter tape,
stamped the sentiment on the card front panel and adhered with foam tape.

Here's a closeup...

and just for fun I made a "white light" tree for the hubby
with Hero Arts Silver Shadow ink.

I have one last card to share for the upcoming New Year!
Can you believe we're that close to 2016?!

For my background I used the Hero Arts Sparkle Borders
heat embossed in Hero Arts Silver Embossing powder.
The sentiment (shine brightly) is from the same set
 (to get the "in" I just masked "sh" and "e")
The numbers is from Kelly's Outline Letters.
I'm thinkin' I'll be making a few of these in different colors!

Ok that's it for me!  MAHALO for stopping by!

Next up is the super fabulous
Amy Tsuruta
have fun hopping!!

 If you happen to find a link that doesn't work, you can hop back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in today's hop or check below...

Hero Arts
 Linda Trace
 Libby Hickson
Lisa Stein
that's me-----> Niki Garcia 
Amy Tsuruta
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Mateja Povse 
Suzanne Dahlberg
Michelle Lupton 
Bhavana Kesarkar 
Mariana Grigsby
Chitra Menon
Gayatri Murali
Isabel Rivera Ruiz 
Clare Prezzia
and you've finally made it til the end!
We stashed away THREE of the November 2015 My Monthly Hero kits to giveaway to readers of this hop. The winners will be randomly chosen from all of the blog hop comments, across all blogs, received by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, November 22nd. Check the Hero Arts blog for the announcement of the winner on Tuesday, November 24th.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Silver Snowflakes for a2z Scrapbooking

Happy Sunday friends!
Today I'm over at 
for a trio of cards using the beautiful

Here's a little sneak peek...

Hope to see you over at a2z Scrapbooking!

As always when making a purchase at the a2z Scrapbooking store,
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so shop, shop, shop!!!

Mahalo for stopping by,

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Plaid and Stocking Mouse

Got some free time...finally...and decided to play with my watercolors and create
that fun plaid pattern that Kristina Werner did in her Holiday Card Series.
Talk about completely inspired and totally fun to do!

This is how it started out...

I was not too happy with it in the beginning but was inspired by the latest
Curtain Call Challenge

so I pushed forward!  I knew my lines were a bit uneven and of course not straight, so 
I used some vellum to mute it a bit (wink, wink).  I used the Tim Holtz Holiday Words Script
to die cut DCWV Gold Foiled Cardstock.  
I felt like it needed some cuteness and there's nothing cuter than 
the Lawn Fawn Merry Christmouse set from Simon Says Stamptember colored in copics.

and a closeup...
I wanted the stocking to look like it was hanging from the "g"
so I snipped the letter to insert the Lawn Fawn image.

So that's my card today.  I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Halloween!
Now to go create more holiday cards!

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Warm Wishes with a2z Scrapbooking

Happy Sunday friends!
Aloha and welcome to the latest
a2z Scrapbooking


One layer cards are a big challenge for me, but I've found that using
a bunch of different colored inks can help create a little more dimension.
What's even better?  Hero Arts Ombre inks!
These are my absolute favorite ink pads to get shading without much effort!!

Here's what I'm talkin' about...

I used only 4 inks pads and got all those different shades!
Pretty right?!

For me one layered cards also involves masking so I did some quick and easy snipping.

Can you see my little masks?  I inked up the hats, right owl, and pot on typing paper and
partially fussy cut them since I only needed certain edges to be masked.

I began with inking up the pot in Hero Arts Lime to Forever Green.
The pot is from the Hero Arts set Merry Cactus to You.

I love the owls from the Hero Arts Friends by Lia and wanted them nestled together in the pot.
I also wanted to create a more Christmas theme so I inked up the Santa hat from the
Merry Cactus to You set, masked it, then stamped the owl using Hero Arts Light to Dark Brown ink.
Then masking the right owl, I inked up the other owl with the darker brown and stamped.
Lastly I stamped the top hat in Hero Arts Gray to Black ink as well as the sentiment.

Aren't they just so cute together in the little pot?!
Now normally I would mount the card panel on to some colored cardstock,
but since this is a one layered card I decided to use the stripes from
Hero Arts Kelly's Outline Letters.  I first drew a pencil mark to create margins on each side
to use as a guide for where I would stamp.  Then took that stripe patter and inked
in each ombre shade of the Hero Arts Light Ruby to Red Royal ink and the Lime to Forever Green.
This took a bit of time, but I thought tied in nicely with my little cozy scene.

Hope you enjoyed my one layer card!
Can't wait to see what you create!!
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helping the Behcet's and Celiac Disease Communities.

Mahalo for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

CASEing Kelly Blog Hop

Aloha and welcome to my little section of the blog hop!
I'm so excited for this fun hop to say a big
MAHALO/Thank You to the the AMAZING 

I love that the tables have turned, and we now get the opportunity
to CASE Kelly!  Talk about some big shoes to fill, but I'm gonna try my best!!

I love Kelly's watercolor work so here are 3 of the cards I chose...

In this card I loved the black outline with the watercolor scribbled in.

I LOVE Kelly's color combination in this card and her added white dots for details.

Kelly's designs are always so well balanced with the bold black stripe matching her
die cut black sentiment...just gorgeous!

So here's my take on her cards...

I attempted three times to capture Kelly's design.
I know you're suppose to CASE 3 cards in 1, but was indecisive in
which one I felt captured Kelly's work...oh the pressure!

I took her design from the first card and used Hero Arts Color Layering Hibiscus.
Instead of using the solid stamp that comes in the set, 
I used the wash of watercolor (from Tim Holtz Distress Markers)
and stamped the next layer with Hero Arts India Ink Black 
and the sentiment is from Hero Arts Hello Flowers.  I loved how Kelly used the black strip
of cardstock to tie in the bold sentiment and in this CASE my hibiscus as well!

I wasn't happy with my washed out colors, because I truly loved Kelly's bold autumn colors in the second card.  So I attempted a second time to get richer colors...

This time I did use the solid layering stamp in Hero Arts Wet Cement and tried
not to water down my distress ink.  I added white dots for detail and actually die cut the sentiment
from Penny Black's Words of Gratitude die set.

And just for fun (because I had some ink left over) I did one more card...

I hope I've made Kelly proud!  A big thank you for all those involved 
in creating such a special blog hop for one special gal!

The blog hop list is below in case you get lost.
Comment along the way for a chance to win some awesome prizes!!

a2z Scrapbooking
Amy Tsuruta 
Brandi Hall
Char Kochensparger
Cindy Chiu
Darnell Knauss
Dawn Turley
Debra James
Deepti Malik
Donna Idlet
Elizabeth Campau
Ellen Haxelmans
Heather Ruwe
Jennifer Loftfield
Joan Bardee
Kara Vrabel
Katie Gehring
Kristie Goulet
Kristina Beagle
Kymona Tracey
Laura Jane
Leigh Penner
Lin Brandyberry
Linda Trace
Lindsay Amrhein
Maria Sabina Raita
Marika Rahtu
Martha Lucia Gomez
Michele Cunningham
Michele Ferguson
Michelle Lupton
Michelle Williams
Monica Maier
that's me------->Niki G.
Nina-Marie Trapani
Rubeena Naz
Shelly Kurth
Taunya Butler
Thordis Dogg
Vera Yates

What is a blog hop without some fun prizes?! Leave a comment by 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, October 29th along each stop in the hop to increase your chances of winning a prize from one of our sponsors: a2z Scrapbooking, Altenew, Create a Smile Stamps, Dee's Art Impressions, DJ Kard Kreations, Hero Arts, Ink Road, Lia Stampz and Simon Says Stamp,! Winners will be notified by email after October 29th.

As always MAHALO for stopping by!

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