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Hero Arts Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2011 Hero Arts Catalog Blog Hop!

If this is your first time here, welcome! You can read more about this site and watch a video tour here.

If you're a regular reader your might remember seeing these photos from my recent Thank You Mom post. I wanted to create a layout that showcased just the image of my Grandma Cathy and Anna because they look so much alike!

Here's a peek at the process and how I used the new Hero Arts stamps:

I started out by stamping the Classic Fabric Design (CG245) with cream paint onto kraft cardstock. The stamp measures 4.5 x 5.75.

After letting it dry I re-stamped (trying to get it close to the same spot but knowing it would not be perfect) using Versamark embossing ink. I poured Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel on top and cooked it with a heat gun. The result looks and feels similar to vintage wallpaper.

I had already printed my photos (both photos on one canvas in photoshop), rounded the top corners, and trimmed a sheet of white cardstock to give myself a border. I adhered the stamped/embossed piece right below the photos on the left side.

In the spot on the bottom right corner I trimmed a really lovely piece of Pink Paislee pattern paper. On top of that section I added a shipping tag on which I had typed "Your Great-Grandmother Cathy and you, 2010." I wish I knew the date of the photo of my Grandama - I'll probably call my Mom to get that information.

I did a straight stitch on my sewing machine all the way around and then used a zigzag stitch in between the photos and the pattern papers.

Next I used this Thank You Definition (CG268) stamp to put a light text print right on top of the shipping tag. I slipped a piece of scratch paper under the tag and stamped on top (ideally I would have stamped before stitching it to the page but that's the way it goes).

Here's what the tag looked like after stamping:

The love border is handdrawn using a new metallic pen from Faber-Castell. The butterfly is from Jenni Bowlin Studio.

Along the other edge I added three little word stickers from Cosmo Cricket.

Journaling goes around the edge of the white cardstock and says: Amazing to see the similarities here between you and your Great Grandmother Cathy. Especially the smile. Oh that smile. She would have just loved you so much Anna. She was such a cool Grandma for me. I miss her.

SUPPLIES : Hero Arts Classic Fabric Design (CG245), Thank You Definition (CG268); Kraft Cardstock; Versamark embossing ink; Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel; Pink Paislee Sweetest Day Pattern Paper; Jenni Bowlin Vellum Embellished Butterflies With Jewels; Cosmo Cricket Yellow Tiny Type; staple; machine stitching; cream paint; black pen

Up next on the Blog Hop: Jennifer McGuire (she's always got very cool stuff on her blog).

Remember, if you find a link that doesn't work, you can always hop back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in the hop.

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  1. Jennifer McGuire says…
    12/10/2010

    ali ali ali ali! thank you so much for playing on this hop. and OH MY! that technique is fabUlous! thank you so much for sharing!

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  2. kath says…
    12/10/2010

    wow wow wow ali....love your technique with that gorgeous cling...thanks for sharing your inspiration on the blog hop hugs kath xxx

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  3. Carmen Pauls Orthner says…
    12/10/2010

    Great stuff, Ali! You make a technique-y layout, and manage to make it look elegant and beautiful -- love it. :)

    Carmen.

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  4. Barb :) says…
    12/10/2010

    It's so fun to see stamps done on a layout! Fabulous technique! Wonderful results!

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  5. Jennifer Roach says…
    12/10/2010

    Awesome technique and nice layout. That is a fantastic backgrounder stamp :)

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  6. Kelly Booth says…
    12/10/2010

    LOVE this Ali....such Perfect Creations!!!!

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  7. Allison Cope says…
    12/10/2010

    Simply gorgeous Ali! Love the depth of the stamped image... it looks just like a rich fabric! Great use of the new stamps!

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  8. judy jung says…
    12/10/2010

    That layout is precious! Stunning resemblance between generations! That bg stamp is so versatile!

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  9. {vicki} says…
    12/10/2010

    oh Ali,

    What a Treasure!!!!!!!!

    I can't believe how much they look alike---when I first saw the photo I thought it was Anna in both.

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  10. Laura says…
    12/10/2010

    So pretty! And amazing family resemblance in your photos!

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  11. Trish says…
    12/10/2010

    Happy Holidays Ali,
    What a beautiful LO and technique. I can't wait for these new stamps!
    Trish

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  12. Elise says…
    12/10/2010

    Absolutely beautiful! Seriously one of the best layouts I've ever seen♥

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  13. Deb says…
    12/10/2010

    What a lovely texture you created! I enjoyed all the details of your layout!

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  14. christine says…
    12/10/2010

    Thanks for sharing. Amazing how Anna looks like her great grandma. This card is just in time for your Big Picture class.

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  15. Libby Hickson says…
    12/10/2010

    What a fun technique, I love it!! And your finished page is absolutely adorable!

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  16. Anna D. says…
    12/10/2010

    WOW Breathtaking. Thanks so much for the info. Love it.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

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  17. Rosemary D says…
    12/10/2010

    what a lovely layout!

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  18. kryssi says…
    12/10/2010

    what a beautiful technique on the vintage brocade! lovely lovely lovely!

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  19. Lin says…
    12/10/2010

    What a special layout! I adore how you treated that big background stamp to make it look like actual fabric - thanks so much for your inspiration!

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  20. Pia says…
    12/10/2010

    Love the technique and the texture you created. What a gorgeous layout!! Very inspiring!

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  21. Sue McRae says…
    12/10/2010

    I love the depth and texture you got from the Classic Fabric stamp. This technique looks amazing!

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  22. Sandy says…
    12/10/2010

    Your pages are inspiring! Thanks.

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  23. Cathy A says…
    12/10/2010

    love the richness nand texture you have created with the classic fabric design stamp

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  24. jaemom says…
    12/10/2010

    Wow, that was really impressive how you used the Fabric background... and this layout is just darling! It really is surprising how much they look alike! What a sweet keepsake to treasure.

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  25. Torri says…
    12/10/2010

    Gorgeous!

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