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December 9, 2011

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 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 4×6 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 4×6 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:

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.


  • 1.
    Eileen said…

    Honestly, I think my favorite holiday tradition is following and creating Tim’s 12 Tags of Christmas!

  • 2.
    Karin S said…

    Thanks for the chance to win. And thank you, Ali, for a wonderful inspiration post – again!

    • ….
      Cathy K. said…

      Putting up our tree, unwrapping special ornaments and placing them on the tree, remembering the good times past and anticipating making more good memories.

  • 3.
    Tracy Jackson said…

    My favorite is wrapping a baby Jesus from a nativity and it being the first gift on Christmas morning. The kids read a scripture and sing Happy Birthday. Our way of not forgetting the true meaning.

    • ….
      gerrie said…

      My favorite tradition is making and decorating cookies to hang on the Christmas tree.

  • 4.
    Colleen said…

    This is lovely. I really like that you used the stamp as a background and repeated it with pastel colors.

    My favorite holiday tradition is making/eating my mom’s stollen. I think the recipe came from Sunset magazine in the 1970s, and I just started making it myself last year.

    Have a great day, Ali!

  • 5.
    Beate said…

    My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the Christmas tree on the 23rd after the kids are in bed. And then watching their faces as they see the Christmas tree first thing in the morning on Christmas Eve (which is the day we celebrate xmas in Norway).

  • 6.
    Jeannie L said…

    I love your layout and how you used the stamp to create a background pattern.

    My favorite holiday tradition is getting together with my sister to prepare the Christmas meal.

  • 7.
    Winged said…

    Love zigzag and text stamps! Thanks for the chance!
    My favorite tradition last 2 years is making the december daily – and thank you for the inspiration :)
    And I also like the tradition of joining all the family and visit everyone with presents :)
    Oh, and making handmade Christmas decorations of course!

  • 8.
    Shawn Wenrich said…

    One of our favorite holiday traditions is Christmas Eve with my husbands family. It starts with Chirstmas church service, then we go to a favorite mexican food restaurant for dinner and to my mother in laws house for cookies and open gifts. We just lost my mother in law just over a week ago and we will miss having her with us so much this year but it will also be a good time to remember all of the wonderful years we had her with us.

  • 9.
    Amy said…

    My favorite holiday tradition is just getting everyone together in one place. In 48 hours, we see all of our families.

  • 10.
    Adrian said…

    Beautiful layout! My favorite holiday tradition is spending time with family decorating the tree and remembering what each of the ornaments was from or who made them.

  • 11.
    Fifi-T said…

    I love the background you’ve made with that stamp

  • 12.
    Marion said…

    My favourite holiday tradition is getting the tree decorated und light it up the first time. I always stand in front of it and admire it for a few minutes. Until my late teenage years I was not allowed to see the tree until it was lit for Christmas eve. My grandmother kept up the tradition for quite a long time.
    I like the zigzag background. And Anna is so adorable.

  • 13.
    Anne T. said…

    My favorite tradition is when the extended family gets together at my parent’s house after midnight mass on Christmas Eve to open gifts. My father still dresses as Santa to pass them out. Most of the wrapping involves elaborate pranks, so even though we’re exhausted, it’s a really fun night. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • 14.
    Felicia said…

    My favorite tradition is baking cookies for Santa on Christmas eve and having my grandmother spend the night. Then we’d watch the late news and the local anchorman would report that Santa had been spotted and was on his way. That was are cue that it was time to go to bed!

  • 15.
    Sandra said…

    My favourite holiday tradition is cuddling up in a blanket on our sofa and watching a Czech-East German adaption of Cinderella. This reminds me of my childhood.
    Thanks for the chance to win this nice giveaway. I LOVE clear stamps.

    • ….
      Dori said…

      Interesting that I came across your comment the day after returning from our trip to Prague. Our daughter lives there with her husband and 2 boys, so I’ve been there many times. It’s a beautiful city!

  • 16.
    Emma Tandy said…

    Love love love the zigzag background, that will be on my shopping list !!

    Anyway my favourite holiday tradition is going to see father christmas, I just love see my children’s faces, Makes me cry every year, I know I’m sad lol xx

  • 17.
    Bernice said…

    My favouorite tradition as a child was having a Christmas Stocking which always had a satsuma in the toe

  • 18.
    Rhonda said…

    So cool, love zigzags! Thanks for the chance to win these awesome stamps!

  • 19.
    kristina p said…

    we just started it last year but it is our (my son’s and mine) favorite holiday tradition already: 12 days of Christmas full of riddles and gifts. :)

  • 20.
    Sharon said…

    Great giveaways! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • 21.
    Mary M. said…

    fun giveaway!

  • 22.
    Kristen said…

    My favorite holiday tradition is watching It’s A Wonderful Life with my husband (his favorite holiday movie) followed by Miracle on 34th Street (my favorite). Hot chocolate in hand, snuggled in blankets by the fire, and it is a wonderful life.

  • 23.
    Joy said…

    Love the zigzag stamp. My favorite holiday tradition is opening one present on Christmas Eve and reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

  • 24.
    Diana HT said…

    my fav tradition is to be together with my family :) thanks for the chance!!

  • 25.

    My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas eve dinner with family. Thanks for the chance!

  • 26.
    Kristine S said…

    What a sweet layout–fav tradition –baking and holding our christmas cookie exchange

  • 27.
    Lorette C said…

    LOVE these stamps! Especially the zigzags! Thank you once again for a chance to win!

  • 28.
    Linda Huber said…

    Hero Arts does it again. Great stamps! My favorite holiday tradition is the decorating. Hauling out the “stuff” always brings back great memories.

  • 29.
    Sierra said…

    I love sitting in front of the lit Christmas tree on Christmas Eve after everyone else has gone to bed. I look forward to it all year.

  • 30.
    Laura BC said…

    I like watching all the classic kids tv specials. It’s changed a little now that they are on DVD but I still enjoy sharing them with my kids.

  • 31.
    Sarah Debevec said…

    Ok. Love these. My favorite tradition is getting our tree. We cut a fresh tree from a family run farm. We’ve gone for years and despite all the customers they get, they remember us every year. It’s so fun and a beautiful place.

  • 32.
    Rebecca said…

    These are AWESOME!! My favorite holiday tradition is that every Christmas Eve, we give all the kids new PJs. They love that they get to open one gift (even though by now they know what it is…), and I love that they look good in our Christmas morning photos!

  • 33.
    christene said…

    We tried something new this year and I can definitely see it becoming a tradition: the Elf on the Shelf. I love watching my son excitedly run around in the morning looking for the elf and witnessing the magic of believing!

  • 34.
    Diana said…

    Would love to win!!

  • 35.
    Jennifer A said…

    My favorite holiday tradition is having the elves leave Christmas pj’s on the porch on Christmas Eve.

  • 36.
    shelley said…

    love how you uesd the stamp with you Dec. daily! We got he Elf on the shelf this year also such fun!!

  • 37.
    Rebecca White said…

    My favorite tradition is the way we open our stockings- we compare our stockings to our lives being filled with the Holy Spirit and God so as we take out eah item (one at a time) we share how it relates to our relationship with God or His work in our lives.

  • 38.
    Barb said…

    Great giveaways! Thanks for the chance to win.

    My favorite tradition is putting the ornaments on the tree. The lights and garland are a pain but it pays off when our teenage boys faces light up as they select certain ornaments that they remember and like. It is a great afternoon activity that I look forward to every December.

  • 39.
    Jacque said…

    I love getting my grandsons and family together to bake Christmas cookies. They taste so much better when sharing this event with the people I cherish and love!!!!!!!!!!

  • 40.
    christen said…

    i think my favorite tradition is making cookies with my kids…

  • 41.
    Lauren B. said…

    I love watching Christmas movies, I can’t get enough of them throughout the month; thanks for the giveaway!!

  • 42.
    Peggy said…

    Beautiful layout! Our favorite tradition is taking a drive around the neighborhood and dropping off cookies at all our friends,the kids friends and their teachers. Then we all go to starbucks and have coffee and hot chocolate, it’s a great evening and the kids feel so good when they give out the cookies that they baked themselves.

  • 43.
    Ann B said…

    My favorite tradition: family Christmas tree decorating. Oh, and we always make pizza for dinner on Christmas day (started when I was a wee thing, so that my mom had time to play with us and our toys, rather than cooking all day!)

  • 44.
    karen d said…

    One of my favorites is turning off all the lights except the Christmas tree & just sitting looking at the tree. Sitting with my hubby is even better! Thanks for opportunity to win fun products & have a blessed weekend.

  • 45.
    caro said…

    a tradition I’ve loved since visiting Germany as a child, is to make a greenery wreath. This year it’s made from “fynbos” heathers!

    • ….
      caro said…

      Ali, I recall a neutral coloured version of Awakening? Would love to use this as a kit in PL 2012. Tx

  • 46.
    amy tara koeppel said…

    Love that zig zag stamp! My favorite holiday tradition is game night with the family. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • 47.
    Dorothy F said…

    Love Hero Arts and all your wonderful giveaways.

  • 48.
    Tammy D said…

    Awesome new stamps from Hero Arts. I love that zig zag. Such a versatile background stamp. My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the tree and wrapping all the presents. :)

  • 49.
    Lisa aka Myran said…

    One of my favorite holiday tradiotions is to spend the night before Christmas with the family and curl up by the fire place and talk!

  • 50.

    Wow I like Hero Arts also your stamps. Thanks for the great giveaway. My favorite holiday tradition is to decorate the Christmas tree on the 1st of December, so everyone comes in the christmas mood on the beginning of December! And my whole family loves it.