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!
GIVEAWAY 
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.







126 comments:

  1. What a beautiful set of cards...I especially love the last one...

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  2. Niki! I love them all..Your masked trees are brilliant!

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  3. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS cards Niki!!!
    LOVE your CUTE & CLEVER Christmas Trees - WOW - your lights with the ink dauber "glow" look SO COOL, perfect with the FUN & CHEERY sentiment!!!
    Your embossed stars are a wonderful way to welcome in the New Year too!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)

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  4. Wah, I love how you used the border stamps on your tree, so fun!!! And I like how you made the lights look like they are "glowing" too, very cool!!

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  5. Great and clever masking! Love the colorful lights with shimmer on it! And the silver one is adorable too! Wonderful Embossing on the last one to welcome the New Year! Love them all!

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  6. Very pretty cards. I love the sparkle you added.

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  7. I LOVE how you used the border stamp - so clever! And I like color for my tree, but white for everything else. ;)

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  8. Beautiful cards and lovely masking idea!!

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  9. what a clever way to create your tree- thanks!

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  10. Love the lightness of the trees and how you created the glowing lights!!

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  11. Amy you have been very creative! Love these cards! TFS

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  12. Love your tree idea. All cards are great.

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  13. Both of your cards are fabulous and festive! Love the lights on the tree :)

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  14. Love the masked tree and sponged daubed lights. Perfect!

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  15. Very cute idea for creating your own Christmas tree!

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  16. your cards are so awesome and I really LOVE that tree.. :)

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  17. Love how you are able to make so many gorgeous CAS cards. They are all so creative:)

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  18. These are all so cool! Love the New Year's design and the customized sentiment!

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  19. I'm a fan of coloured lights like you. Such an original idea, fashioning your own tree and decorating it! The glow on your lights is beautiful.

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  20. Great cards! Love the glowing lights ♥

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  21. I like how you used the sponge daubers to make the halos around the lights. Very pretty.

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  22. OMG!! Love your creativity!! Three awesome cards!

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  23. I love these trees! They are so cute and the lights are so happy.

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  24. Beautiful cards!! Love the star background!! The tree is very nice!!

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  25. Great idea to use the pot from the cactus set!
    I don't care what color the lights are, I just don't like the blinking lights indoors!

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  26. Sooooooo gorgeous! LOVING that tree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  27. Love all the cards. I like the idea of creating a tree with a mask. I will definitely use that tip.

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  28. Your cards prove that Christmas cards don't have to be traditional colors to be festive.

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  29. Clever way to do the trees! I also like the New Years card

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  30. you clever girl! lovely cards :)

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  31. THIS IS SO CUTE AND FUN TO DO. GREAT IDEA.

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  32. I am totally in love with that first card! Great job!

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  33. Wow, super fun cards, love them all - the strand of lights on the tree and that star background on blue card is so elegant!

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  34. Cute cards, you are quite clever and the "hubby" card was great! Thanks for sharing.

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  35. How clever and striking this is! Definitely pinning for later consultation!

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  36. I like the card with the colored lights better.

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  37. Hi Niki ~ Love, love, love your cards!! What a fun card you designed...who knew the dauber would make such an impact! I love both, clear lights and colored. I love Christmas and all that it stands for! Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Such a fun way to use your inks and stamps!! Love that first tree with all the colorful lights!!

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  39. Awesome job on all your cards they are adorable!

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  40. Such pretty colors on the first card!

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  41. Sweet Tree! and am in love with your technique (for the tree). I definitely need to try this!!

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  42. So festive with all the sparkle.

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  43. I like the sparkle on your cards!

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  44. Love your use of the sponge technique!

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  45. Your cards are so clever! I love how you masked the Christmas tree shape! Great creativity!!

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  46. Your cards sparkle with creativity! The masked Christmas tree would be fun for children to try, too. What a good idea!

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  47. The way you have done the trees is very cute like it

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  48. I love blog hops because I always learn so many new things or get great inspiration at each blog! Yours was no exception! I like white lights on my tree because I enjoy colorful ornaments and feels they don't compete with them, but with your cards, I LOVED the colorful one you did first! Also, it may seem a little thing, but making the "in" in your sentiment by masking off part of shine was genius! I never think of things like that and it really made the sentiment cohesive! I loved the red glitter tape around the card edge as well, it made everything pop and finished off the card beautifully. Thank you for teaching and inspiring me.

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  49. Fabulous cards! I love the cute Christmas tree and the way you used the daubers to create a "glow" from the lights.
    Very festive!

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  50. Very cute cards, especially the sparkle cards.

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  51. What a clever idea that is to create your own masked off tree. I love the Christmas light stamp draped across the tree.

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  52. The "White Light" is my favorite! Thanks for sharing!

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  53. The "White Light" is my favorite! Thanks for sharing!

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  54. Loved all three cards. Though the first one is my favourite! Love the technique you have used.

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  55. Love this card !! Great use of those little lights!!

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  56. Love the way you did the Christmas trees and lights, thanks for sharing these cards!

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  57. Your cards are so sweet, love your edges.

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  58. I'm a multicolor lights girl! Your created tree is so cute. Tell the hubs that color rocks!

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  59. I like all three cards, my favorite is the first with all the colors.

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  60. Your trees are indeed unique and very clever, Niki! Love the sentiment too!

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  61. That is a gorgeous christmas tree, very interesting.

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  62. The spirit of Christmas...thanks for the wonderful ideas.

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  63. my fav are the multi color lights too but i have had this white lights garland for a few years now and i love to put on my front window every christmas.
    love how you daubed on the lights.

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  64. So pretty. I love the glow you put around the lights.

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  65. Love how you did the lights- What a great idea!

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  66. Really like the first card, I love Christmas trees, this card is really nice.

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  67. I like the tree. Never thought of doing something like that. I love to learn. I like bubble lights. Are you old enough to remember them?

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  68. Adore these cards! I use both white and colored lights. I put the white lights towards the inside of the tree and the colored lights on the outside branches - it just makes the tree just glow!

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  69. Adore these cards! I use both white and colored lights. I put the white lights towards the inside of the tree and the colored lights on the outside branches - it just makes the tree just glow!

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  70. Great cards! I like how you did the tree with the masking paper - thanks for sharing!

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  71. Absolutely love the New Year's card

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  72. The colored lights are so cheerful! And the white lights are so serene. I like both and sometimes mix them.
    Great cards.

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  73. I LOVE both cards! I have only one problem -- i don't use embossing powders or glitter -- those fine powders and whatnot tend to get all over the place, no matter how careful i am, and end up in my eyes and really irritate me. so, i avoid anything like that ... would love to see a card or two using "alternatives" to embossing powders and glitter (loose or with an adhesive not strong enough to hold on tight or from pens that have glitter in them but not an adhesive so the really really fine glitter eventually comes off the card or project (I forget what brand of pens and markers I have used, that once the ink dries, do have a very fine dusting of that glitter all over the place. looked so wonderful until i got the dust in my eyes (**Sigh** again) ...)

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  74. Wonderful sparkle lights! Love the card.

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  75. Wonderful sparkle lights! Love the card.

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  76. Love your pretty trees! Pretty cards!

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  77. I like the multi colored light tree card but we use only white lights on our tree now. They highlight the different colors of the ornaments. The new years card is my favorite. Thanks

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  78. Thats a creative way to make a christmas tree!

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  79. I love the technique you used to make the lights glow!

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  80. Love, love love the simple way you create a Christmas tree. No stamp needed. Gotta try this!

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  81. Very nice! Love how you did the lights.

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  82. Amazing cards! I love the way you made the Christmas trees, so creative! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  83. I like the brightly colored Christmas tree! It looks as though the lights are actually glowing.

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  84. I like colored twinkle lights, that blink randomly. Love the Christmas tree light glow on your cards!

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  85. Great cards. I like how you created the glowing effect. I agreed with your husband - I'm a white lights kinda girl.

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  86. Very pretty cards! Those little Christmas trees are adorable and bright!
    Take care!
    Michele

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  87. Love how you used the metallic tape! I always learn little tricks of the trade on these blog hops.

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  88. Great ideas and inspiration. Thanks for sharing

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  89. Great ideas and inspiration. Thanks for sharing

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  90. the color of lights depends on the tree - another question would be small or large lights. I prefer colored.
    great cards, thanks for sharing

    Barb Housner

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  91. Super cards love the multicolored tree!!

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  92. Beautiful cards! I love border set stamps!!! Lights, stars... ; )

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  93. This is a gorgeous set of cards and my favorite is the multi colored tree. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  94. Mlove those trees!
    How unique and festive!

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  95. Love how you did the trees. Awesome cards.

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  96. Super fun cards! Love the way you made the Christmas trees!

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  97. Such a fabolous set of cards. Love your Christmas lights.

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  98. Such pretty cards! Love the way you made the lights glow! I think I love colored lights most but sometimes I think themed white trees are so pretty too...it's always my problem. I can never just pick one!..lol...

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  99. Great tree! I love both the color and the silver versions!

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