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CHA Winter 2013: Hero Arts

Hero Arts booth is always filled with fun new stamps sets – and we can’t forget all those fun new dies too, that coordinate with the stamps.  Hero Arts offers Wood Mounted, Poly Clear and Cling Stamps. One of the new favorites is the Hero Arts Ink pads. The collection of colors keep growing and they now come in mini’s, as well.

The Hero Arts booth at CHA Winter 2013 was filled with fun samples and many customers. As a card maker, I was very pleased with the selection of stamp sets and dies. I have my eye on a few must haves.

Here’s some standout Frame Cuts sets:

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There’s also some great Coordinating Dies with Stamp Sets:

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New Hero Arts Mini ink pads come in a pack of four, and are color coordinated:

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Another new must have is the stamp set that make old mason jars!

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For those who love the wood mounted stamps, there are fun background stamps and great sentiments.

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Here are just a few of the Hero Arts Shadow Ink Hero Hues colors, showing off the beautiful pads.

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CHA | Hero Arts Workshop

I was one of the lucky cardmakers who made it to the Hero Arts “It’s a Card Fest” workshop on the Friday education day at CHA Winter 2013 in Anaheim, CA.

During the two hour workshop we all got to play with some of the new stamps that are coming out this winter, and try some fun techniques with them. By the end, each of us had four beautiful clean and simple cards to take home.

Here are the stamps we used:

I was able to take some pictures as we worked. (I also made a video, but its going to take some time to process it and upload, so you’ll have to wait for that!)

Here’s a look at what we did!


The new background wood stamp is just perfect for making cards! I can see it being used on so many projects! For the first card we stamped this pattern in white ink on white paper – it gives such a cool effect.
cha-day-1-hero-arts-2There’s also a few new flower wood stamps, which are also great for creating backgrounds or stamping and cutting out and using as an embellishment (shown in another card we did during the workshop). These flowers were stamped on top of the white stamped pattern and turned out just great!

Here’s the look at finished card #1:

For the second card, we used clear stamps as well as the large background stamp:
cha-day-1-hero-arts-5For the third card, we used a printed card and turned it inside out so the printed portion ended up being on the inside and white paper on the outside. So fun!

As we worked on the last card I managed to take some photos of the process to show you the basics of how the card came together.
Everything for the card was pre-cut and ready to be stamped on:
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It was definitely a fun class to attend, and I can see myself using these stamps over and over again on many cards for different occasions!

Reporting: Yana Smakula

Yana Smakula is a newlywed from Ukraine (which is in southeastern Europe) with no kids but two black cats. She loves to travel across the world and meet new people, discover new cultures and just explore. So far together with her new husband she’s been to a few places in Europe (Poland, Check Republic and UK), Africa (Egypt, Tunisia and Israel), Asia (China and Sri Lanka) and USA. Their next dream destination is Madagascar, because they hear the nature there is simply breathtaking! Yana fell in love with the U.S. while living here (in Las Vegas, NV) as a high school foreign exchange student when she was a teen. She enjoys scrapbooking, mostly about her travels. Her other passion is cardmaking – she enjoys trying new products and techniques, experimenting and creating in different styles. She’s also very much into stamping (although she didn’t realize it until she took a close look at her cards and noticed almost all of them use stamps!) To learn more about Yana, visit her website.


Noteworthy | 10.23.2012 – New Releases!

There’s lots of new mid-releases being announced, as we hit that magical time between shows where CHA releases are so “yesterday” already! Here’s a look around the industry at what will be coming to a scrapbook store near you soon:

BasicGrey has two new collections that will be available starting in November exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. “Fact & Fiction” is full of very usable vintage gorgeousness that will be sure to be a hit for the two companies.

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For Baby: Yay! Woo Hoo! Congrats!

This super-cute card by designer Sara Grafton brings baby congratulations in an adorable, and slightly unconventional, design!


Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah (Solar White), Stampin’ Up! (Daffodil Delight). Patterned paper: Lawn Fawn (Bright Side “Silver Lining”). Clear stamps: Lawn Fawn (Plus One, Critters in the ‘Burbs, & Critters in the Forest), Hero Arts (Right at Home). Ink: Tsukineko Memento (Tuxedo Black & Danube Blue), Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Peeled Paint). Markers: Copic (YR61, E33, E39, V09).

This card was designed for Sara’s friend who just adopted a beautiful baby girl.  The nursery theme is owls, so she used that as inspiration for the card theme.  The owls were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics.  After the owls were cut out, a black marker matching the ink color helped define the edges.  The hill was hand cut and Distress ink added some definition to the patterned paper. One sentiment did not seem to be enough for this card, so Sara mixed the sentiments from three Lawn Fawn stamp sets to complete the card.

Sara Grafton is a wife, mama, academic advisor, and college instructor who squeezes in time for stamping, scrapbooking, and blogging.  She began scrapbooking in 2005 and fell in love with card making in 2008.  She is settling into life in the Bay Area of California and blogs at  Her 3 year old son loves to take pictures and took the photo shown here.


CHA Winter 2012 | Top Ten Hot Picks

It’s that time again…time for Scrapbook Update to put out the list of the hottest products at CHA Winter 2012! Unlike our lists of personal favorites that we posted earlier in the week, this list compiled by me (Scrapbook Update editor Nancy Nally) is a measure of the buzz and marketability of a product, not just personal tastes. These are the products that were buzzed about the most at the show, that Scrapbook Update believes will be big hits for retailers and that consumers shouldn’t miss!

So, in no particular order…here’s the Scrapbook Update CHA Winter 2012 Top Ten Hot Picks!

Amy Tangerine Sketchbook from American Crafts

This may have been the most buzzed-about line at the entire show. Every conversation about what was hot at the show inevitably seemed to include this line eventually. To generate this level of excitement with a sequel to Amy Tan’s red-hot debut at CHA Summer 2011, is a real accomplishment.

Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Album (photo by Melissa Stinson)

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New & Noteworthy: 2012 Hero Arts

Last month I posted an article about the Hero Arts 2012 debut, and now I am back with a closer look at some of the stamps, as well as two new projects. The new collection includes a lot of newsprint, hearts, and birds as well as a variety of background stamps, new sets with Sizzix, and stamps made with card makers in mind as well.

I think that this release finds a great balance between trendy looks and useful designs. Newsprint seems to be re-emerging as a hot trend in 2012, as are hearts. I consider both of these to be staples, so it’s nice to see some fresh looks and new takes on the classics. Continue Reading →