Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Wild for Bargains with a2z Scrapbooking

Love a good a bargain?
I do!
Head on over to
to see me use this awesome stamp from Hero Arts

that's on sale for only $4.50!
There's over 130 items on sale, so now's the time to add to your collection
or pick up that last minute gift...wink, wink!

The best part is that a portion of the proceeds goes to helping organizations create awareness for 
the auto immune communities such as Behcets and Celiac disease.
Use code NICKI15 for an extra 15% off!

Mahalo for stopping by and have a fabulous day!
Happy shopping!!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Have a Mocha-chino and Cocoa-licious Holiday!

Oh yeah!  It's that time of year again for the 
Love this time of year with the cooler weather, festivities and sippin' cocoa!

Today's card wishes you all a very mocha-chino and cocoa-licious holiday!

I took some Doodlebug Design North Pole pattern paper and die cut a rectangle to create a window for a shaker.  On my card front I stamped out that sweet Darcie's Heart and Home sentiment
and masked off a part of the penguin to make him look like he's popping out of the sentiment.
Of course he needed a little hot cocoa in his hands so I stamped out the to go cup.  Everything was colored in with colored pencils and I reluctantly used those fun shaker bits gifted by my sweet friend

A closeup...

I hope to be back with more so stay tuned for a giveaway!

Mahalo for stopping by!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Cheers! Enjoy!

Hello friends!
Getting tired of Christmas cards yet?
Today I'm over at 
with a card that could be used for any occasion 
just by changing colors or the sentiment inside!

Here's a sneak peek...

and the Hero Arts supplies I used...

There's some awesome deals going on over at the 

If you use code NICKI15 you'll get 15% off your entire purchase!
Proceeds go towards helping those with auto immune disorders.
Have a great day and MAHALO for stopping by!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Coffee Tree for A Blog Named Hero

Aloha friends and happy Saturday.

Haha, anybody else ready for a do over just to have more time?

Time flies when you're having fun! 
I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving, and if you don't celebrate, I hope it was at least relaxing!

I'm over at 
A Blog Named Hero today using these supplies

Here's a little sneaky peek...

I hope you'll stop by to see the entire's so fun!

Also this entire month A Blog Named Hero is giving our commenters
a chance to win 1 of 2 Hero Arts $25 Gift Certificates!!
Enter the rafflecopter over on the blog!


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!

There's also an AWESOME sale going on, so now's the time 
to get that item you've been eyeing!
Use code NICKI15 and save an additional 15% off your purchase of $25 or more.

Keep in mind that your purchase helps auto immune communities build awareness and programs
to help those with Behcets and Celiac Disease!

Mahalo for stopping by!!

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,
don't forget to use code NICKI15 for 15% off your entire purchase!
The best part is a portion of the proceeds goes towards helping those with auto immune diseases.
As a nurse, helping others and finding funds to raise awareness is so important,
so shop, shop, shop!!!

Mahalo for stopping by,

More to Love!