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Hey there!  Sorry it's been nearly 2 weeks since my last post.  Don't you hate it when real life gets in the way of the fun stuff in life, like crafting and stamping?  :-)  We've been dealing with a few things around husband ruptured a disc in his back, which has him in complete misery...and I had some week-long flu bug that turned into another week-long sinus infection.  So needless to say, there hasn't been much time, energy, or creativity for making stuff!  And the near future is a little up in the air...hubby has to see a surgeon tomorrow to determine what's happening on that or PT, or something else. We're just anxious to get some answers and hopefully get him some relief!  So if I'm not around as much as usual, that's the deal-io!  

But for today, I do have some fun cards to share....maybe even if life isn't all roses, my cards still can be!  :-)  I have been eyeing this stamp set from Hero Arts/Basic Grey since I saw the CHA peeks back in Jan/Feb and I was excited to finally get my hands on it and put it to use!  I think that rose stamp is the most ingenious thing I've seen in a long time.  I love the way part of the rubber is etched to give a two-tone look...combine it with the fact that it's a rose (a huge favorite of late!) and I'm completely in love!  

Hero floral blossoms

The stamp is made to coordinate with Basic Grey's Konnichiwa line, which was one of my favorite collections of the 2012 CHA releases...the colors are just so juicy and fresh!  I combined both the stamp and the Konnichiwa papers on this first card.  


The sentiment is also from a Hero set...the Cheer Up set, which has lots of great sentiments.  Here I embossed it with some Leaf Zing powder and accented the "O" with a rose that I hand-cut from patterned paper.


I also snagged this new background set from Hero -- the Radiant Banner stamp, which also caught my eye the first time I saw it.  The stamp is designed to give your ink a gradient look.   Super fun!  It's like an instant don't need to add a whole lot when you start out with a super cool background like that!  I stamped that same rose image over the top and this time embossed it with Rouge Zing powder.


I took some Twinkling H2Os and added a bit of color to the inside of the roses and leaves.  The butterfly was cut from some papers from the Konnichiwa 6x6 pad using PTI's Beautiful Butterflies dies.  Super simple!


That's all for today.  I will be back tomorrow with a Go-to Gal blog hop featuring some Bazzill products!