Hero Arts 2012 Catalog Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome to the 2012 Hero Arts Catalog Blog Hop!

GIVEAWAY | Three people will each receive three new stamps from Hero Arts new 2012 catalog.

Here's two of the three sets of stamps that I'll be giving away:

Also, Hero Arts will also be giving away five prize packs that include brand new 2012 Catalog stamps. The five winners will be randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by midnight PST on Monday, December 12, and will be announced on the Hero Arts blog shortly thereafter.

All the new stamps will be available on December 10th. Check out HeroArts.com for a store near you.

IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME HERE, WELCOME! Normally a process post like this would happen over on my Projects blog but since this one includes a giveaway it's happening here (and there's lots of December Daily goodness happening over there). If you'd like to learn more about my site check out my Welcome or About Ali pages.

Here's a look at a stamp I love from the new catalog and the one I'm using in my layout today:

Hello zig zag!

I decided to do a page that highlights some of the things I love about Anna right now.

Here's a look at my process:

I used the new Hero Arts Zig Zag stamp to create a pattern on my white cardstock with Jenni Bowlin Chewing Gum and Malted Milk inks. I didn't stress about making it perfect because I knew I would be adding content on top.

I started by adding a sticker border (Sassafras for Studio Calico) along the bottom - popping it up with foam dots.

I knew I wanted the title to read "Things I love" and I hoped it would fit in that space. Chipboard letters are American Crafts Goodness by Amy Tangerine.

Photo is 4x6 and was printed with a white border.

And yes, another one of those wood flags is popping up here. I love those things.

"Beautiful" is from a set of GCD Studios Melody Ross Soul Food Collection Chipboard Stickers.

For the journaling I used one of my Awakening 4x6 overlays. I opened it in Photoshop, added my text and printed on cardstock.

Along the bottom of the overlay I added a bit of washi tape (I think that came in a Studio Calico kit), her initials in those great little Lily Bee alphabet letter stickers, and an old metal arrow (I think from 7gypsies). Love those arrows. Someone should make those again.


Click on the images to link to the products.

Hero Arts Zig Zag stamp is now available here.


Next up on the blog hop today is my friend Tim Holtz: http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/

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

TO BE ENTERED into this giveaway please leave a comment below sharing your favorite holiday tradition (if you are reading this post on Facebook please come to my blog to leave a comment). Comments will be closed at 8pm Pacific on Sunday, December 11th. Winner will be included on my December Daily giveaway post on Monday, December 12th. Please be sure to check back or subscribe (click here to get posts delivered to your email box) to see if you are receiving one of the items this week.

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  1. Colleen

    2011-12-11 17:04:06 -0500

    What a great background that stamp makes for a scrapbook page. Very cute picture too!

  2. Amanda Susan

    2011-12-11 17:09:04 -0500

    A trip to Disney World is at the top of the list.

  3. Grandl

    2011-12-11 17:29:04 -0500

    Loved your scrapbook page. My favorite tradition in our family is when every family is finally at my parents home then Dad reads the bible story of Christ birth.

  4. Amy Ulen

    2011-12-11 17:32:02 -0500

    My favorite Christmas tradition is the youngest member of the family hands out gifts on Christmas morning one at a time starting with the oldest. We watch each other open the gift and really get to enjoy the moment before moving on.

  5. janet33234

    2011-12-11 17:38:47 -0500

    My favorite tradition is having the family over on Christmas Eve for
    our traditional meal of "Gumbo." Everyone participates in the preparation. Great ideas.......luv the layout.

  6. Mallory

    2011-12-11 18:15:47 -0500

    How fun with that stamped background! Just curious, does this layout go in Anna's book, or your Project Life album?

  7. Mallory

    2011-12-11 18:18:15 -0500

    Oh and my favorite holiday tradition was when I was a kid. On Christmas Eve, my cousins and I had to sing a Christmas song before we could open our presents. We had a lot of fun with it and put on little shows. :)

  8. Heather K

    2011-12-11 18:19:20 -0500

    My favorite holiday tradition is going to Christmas Eve candle light service and singing silent night. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Beth Buss

    2011-12-11 18:25:29 -0500

    I can never get enough of these kind of background stamps.
    The new zigzag is one I will have to have. I love the
    different use of varying colors you used. Neat Idea!!
    Anna is a doll in this layout....

  10. Karen B

    2011-12-11 18:59:00 -0500

    My favourite Christmas Tradition is a BBQ dinner (as I am from New Zealand it is summer time) on Christmas Eve with family. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Connie Smith

    2011-12-11 19:27:14 -0500

    My favorite holiday tradition actually starts on my birthday, December 2. I like to get our tree and put up our tree on my birthday. Then by the next day it's ready to decorate and I get our my Time Life Christmas CD's to listen to my first does of holiday music and get to decorating the tree and house. Lately it hasn't been working like I would hope but we'll get back to it soon I'm sure. Thanks for the opportunity!

  12. nanaluvs2stamp

    2011-12-11 19:39:13 -0500

    First time following a blog hop!! Loving it!

  13. Hee Jin R.

    2011-12-11 19:40:48 -0500

    Putting up new and old handed down decorations! Plus working on my December Daily album of course! Thank you for the generouse prizes! : )

  14. Ruth Marie

    2011-12-11 20:15:11 -0500

    My favorite Christmas tradition is going around our neighborhood doing Christmas caroling :)

  15. mary bartolotta

    2011-12-11 20:37:54 -0500

    i love how you can include stamping in your layouts..just adds!!

  16. Mary

    2011-12-11 20:42:10 -0500

    Watching Christmas Vacation Christmas Eve after the flurry of unwrapping our gifts to one another!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Happy Holidays to you!

  17. Jane

    2011-12-11 21:09:11 -0500

    Fantastic photo - as usual! Love your work Ali!

  18. JoAnna Ezuka

    2011-12-11 21:41:13 -0500

    There are so many wonderful holiday traditions that it's hard to name my favorite. Most recently I spent an afternoon with my best friend making our christmas cards - a favorite tradition for both of us for many years now.

  19. Kristina Beagle

    2011-12-11 21:56:23 -0500

    I really like your use of the background stamp. I've never thought to use one on this large of a scale.

  20. Barbara SP

    2011-12-11 22:05:07 -0500

    Love the pink and yellow ink you Stamped with.

  21. Pam C

    2011-12-11 22:09:37 -0500

    Our favorite tradition is hanging a pickle ornament on the tree.The grandkids have so much fun looking for it,and whoever finds it first gets a small prize! They start talking about it in October!! Such fun!

  22. Jaime

    2011-12-11 22:14:13 -0500

    I am lovin the new stamps. My holiday tradition is new pjs on Christmas Eve.

  23. Bambi

    2011-12-11 22:18:02 -0500

    Cute layout!! Our family tradition is going camping. It is wonderful to have my husband and two sons together in a trailer with no distractions. It's fun family time especially sitting around the campfire recalling past times. Unfortunately this is the end of our tradition as our oldest son graduated college and is now working in another state without earned vacation time : (

  24. wowzer98 Wendy W

    2011-12-11 22:21:40 -0500

    My favorite Christmas tradition is going to midnight mass with my entire family. Everyone is together again, in one spot for a great celebration. Over the years my sisters have moved accross the state but Christmas time brings them back to home base.

  25. Sue D

    2011-12-11 22:55:33 -0500

    Fabulous layout! Our favorite Holiday tradition is a birthday party of Jesus on Christmas Eve before heading to church.

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