Monday, January 4, 2021

VIDEO: Don't Worry - Bee Happy! + Giveaway

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It's the first Monday of the new year - WHEE! After last year, I'm ready for anything! 

Mostly I'm ready for spring. It's been an odd weather year and my garden doesn't know what to do with itself. It alternates between parched, drowned and cold. Time to get some tomatoes going! Which reminds me, it's time to order seeds!

But I digress. Today the new Hero kit is out and it's looking forward to spring too, so I have a video for you with the main kit today - using an art journal collage style to create a vintage card background, so stay tuned for that. 

But first, I had to share this dramatic background stamp that's in the add-ons this month - I love this graphic style of background, and I love bees, so winning! This adorable queen bee set with all her worker bee minions is too cute! I just colored them with my fine point Graph'it markers (coupon in the footer!) and then I added liquid snow to her collar and the hem of her skirt - she reminds me of the Snow Queen anyway! It's very puffy and dimensional. I cut a little square of white cardstock for the sentiment and used a bee and the dies from the set next to that. The glitter paper is from the main kit, cut with circle infinity dies
The kit itself is BEE-utiful! The large flowers are so beautiful for coloring. I have a card with them coming later this month. I'm not sure what type of flower that is but it sure looks like my dogwood in the backyard, which I love. The chonky bees are really big, as you'll see on my card and I'm 100% in love with that honeycomb die. 


I cut a piece of Duralar with the die and then blended Dandelion and Caramel inks over it for a background for chonky bee #1. This bee was left over from the vintage card I did the collage background video for below. The sentiment is from the kit.


Now I love art journaling because you have the opportunity to make sensory cards - textured surfaces that are fun to look at, but also fun to run your hand over in your journal. I'm convinced this is how texture pastes, etc. were born, because I spend almost as much time touching my textured art journal pages as I do making them! And you'll see in the video, creating these is done with my built in paintbrushes - my fingers! I had a piece of ephemera that was postage AND bee themed, so I started with that, and used the postage stamp infinity dies to frame my bee and sentiment focal point to tie in with that theme. I'm used to the "plaid" style of drywall tape, and love using it, but I found a new patterned tape that I love at Lowe's - I cut that with my circle infinity dies and added those for texture. I used the honeycomb die from the kit with translucent embossing paste to create a frame for the letter writing girl on the ephemera, and used Dandelion, Caramel and Cup o' Joe inks for the rest. The postage stamp is cut with the new Honeycomb fancy die and then I used the stencil I created with the kit honeycomb die to ink blend on that as well. The final accents were made with turquoise paint, a silicone paintbrush and a flat stencil brush


Ready for the video? Click here if you don't see the player below.



Here are all the bee-worthy add-ons this month. 

Here are the supplies I used.

Hero Arts January 2021 My Monthly...
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January 2021 Add Ons
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Hero Arts Geometric Bee Pattern Bold...
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Hero Arts Bee the Queen Stamp Set
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Hero Arts Bee the Queen Frame Cuts
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DI199 Nesting Circle Infinity Dies...
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DecoArt Snow Writer Paint | BLICK Art...
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Graph'it Brush & Liner — Marker Universe
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postage stamp infinity - Hero Arts
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Hero Arts Honey Pot Fancy Dies
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Hero Arts Hexagon Infinity Dies
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Bee and Flowers Wreath Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Bee and Flowers Wreath...
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Hero Arts Floral Love Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Floral Love Stamp Set
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Hero Arts Peek-a-Boo Honeycomb Fancy Die
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Hero Arts Abstract Honeycomb Bold Prints
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Hero Arts Bees and Flowers Wreath...
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Hero Arts Bees and Flowers Fancy Dies
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Hero Arts Bees and Flowers Bold Prints
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AF331 Dandelion Bold Ink - Hero Arts
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AF332 Caramel Bold Ink - Hero Arts
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AF214 Cup O' Joe Mid-Tone Shadow Ink...
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Colour Shapers Tools | BLICK Art...
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Blick Economy White Bristle Stencil...
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Ranger TEXTURE PASTE TRANSPARENT...
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Easy Joint Tape 2-in x 100-ft Solid...
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Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint...
[ RNG | SSS ]
Duralar Matte - Yupo Substitute
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Hero Arts Blog
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And for one lucky commenter, there will be a $50 gift card waiting! So leave me a comment with your thoughts on bees, and then see what other inspiration is out there with this kit!

Loveyameanitbye.

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62 comments:

  1. Omg - every one of these are so adorable! Love them all!

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  2. Bee-utiful creations. Like the sentiments, inked background and so much more. GLAD I have a subscription & ordered the bundle add-on today.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  3. Fantastic inspiration Lydia! Lovin this kit!

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  4. I love your bee-utiful cards!

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  5. So pretty! I love that third card. :)

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  6. Thank you for sharing your cards, they are all so different.

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  7. Color, texture, contrast, and cuteness all rolled up in a buzz! Spring it on!

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  8. Love your chubby bees and all the many layers!

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  9. Happy New Year! Beautiful! I love the geometric bees!

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  10. Love the depth & layers to art journal page! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I just love your video and card! Thank you for the inspiration to expand creativity!

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  12. That first bee card has so much dimension, it looks like the bee is entering into a real space. You nailed it! Great cards.

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  13. I love the multi media "touches" (in this case entire card) that you use. Thank you for such a great step by step tutorial explaining why you added various products and touches. I LOVE learning new techniques and look forward to adding some multi-media touches to my cards in 2021! You are so right - those bees are just so lovable and perfect for paper crafting! I can't wait to get my kit - thank you for such a fun and inspiring video today. You've added a smile on my face this gloomy Monday in the frozen Northwoods! :)

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  14. Lydia, your cards are always amazing....truly works of art! You inspire me to practice my craft.

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  15. Wow! The more I see, the more I like this month's kit and add-ons and what can be done with them.

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  16. Fabulous cards! I love this kit and the add-ons!

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  17. Yes. Love the mixed media card the most... soooo lydia! Outstanding!

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  18. 2nd card is definitely my fav. Seems to just glow 🤩

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  19. Beautiful work, so creative. Thank you for sharing!

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  20. So many wonderful examples. I like how you made one look vintage.

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  21. Loved watching the process on your mixed media card, beautiful!

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  22. All your cards are unique but I like the art journal card best. Great layers.

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  23. Great inspirations your cards are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Thanks for the video showing your techniques! Very creative ideas!

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  25. Your cards are amazing. Thanks for the wonderful video with all the details for creating the beautiful collage.

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  26. What incredibly creative inspiration you shared, Lydia!! Card projects are so fun and I'm intrigued with art journaling so that card definitely caught my attention!! LOVE

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  27. These are awesome! I LOVE the Queen bee!

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  28. I must give multi media a try, cool looking

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  29. I am sknglad you used the geometric print background! Until jj saw it used, j did not realize the print had bees which truly makes it a very different stamp. Love it!

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  30. These are wonderful! I love how you blend colors and the blue accents on the "Alice" card are simply inspired!!

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  31. Such wonderful designs on each one of these! Really loving this kit, thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  32. Beautiful card from a 'bee-utiful' release! I especially love the art journal background you created.

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  33. love all your cards but the last card is amazing!!

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  34. Such wonderful cards! Love the mixed media one...
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  35. Such gorgeous cards! Love the mixed media one.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  36. Beautiful cards!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing...

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  38. Love that card and love this wonderful kit. Those adorable bees and the honeycomb die are two of my favorites.

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  39. Fabulous cards! I love the art journal style card - gorgeous!

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  40. love them... the third is my fav!! nice work!

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  41. Absolutely my favourite with its nostalgic appeal.

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  42. Lydia, I truly love the Bee art you shared with us. I can't pick a fav since I love them all. 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

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  43. Great presentation of the Bee release.

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  44. I love that you used that. addon I wanted to have an idea on size of the images.

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  45. Beautiful cards! I enjoyed watching the background that you created on your video!

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  46. Great new products! Awesome creations! I especially love the art journal cover!

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  47. Great cards! I love your journal style! So eye-catching! Wonderful new set from HA! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring! Take care! :)

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  48. Beautiful and different cards. Love the new kit and what you have done with it. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent and ideas with us. Thanks for the inspiration too. :)

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  49. I love your background, I was looking for the link to the shimmery gel you put on in the end. The gel completes that card sooooo nice.

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  50. Love these cards and the art journaling. Thanks.

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  51. your mixed media card is amazing! I am always jealous of people who can create that type of art:)

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  52. Awesome cards! Loving that Queen Bee!

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  53. Your cards are awesome. I’m thinking I regret not buying this kit.

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  54. I like your wonderful bee themed cards.

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