Hero Arts & BasicGrey “Grand Bazaar” Blog Hop

heroarts-basicgrey blog hop

Hi everyone, and welcome! Today some of the Hero Arts and BasicGrey designers are getting together to bring you a blog hop filled with project inspiration featuring BasicGrey’s beautiful new Grand Bazaar collection, and matching stamps and stencils from Hero Arts. We’ve got lots of wonderful ideas to share with you, as well as a couple of amazing prize packages to give away. So enjoy, and thank you for joining us!

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaar SoLovelyCard

I created two cards for the hop today. For my first card, I had fun playing with negative die cut heart shapes and one of the gorgeous new Grand Bazaar stencils.

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The stenciled background is so pretty and elegant, isn’t it? Makes such a wonderful framework for the die cut transparency flowers. I used pop dots to add dimension between the stenciled card base and the heart framework. Just that little bit of depth adds so much definition between layers, without adding too much extra bulk.

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I love the soft look of the stenciled design.  Stencils can be applied in any number of ways, like with paint or spray mist. But for the softer feel I was going for, I used an ink pad and a stamping sponge.

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I went over the pattern with a wet paintbrush to blur the lines a bit and create a light water-colored finish. You can see in the center here how the lines are starting to wash and blur.  Then using a very wet paintbrush, I added some flecks of contrasting teal ink, too.

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The sentiment is from the You Make Me Smile clear stamp set, stamped in gray ink onto a scrap of white cardstock, and trimmed into a simple banner strip.

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I dragged the banner through an ink and water mixture, roughened up the edge with my fingernail, and after letting it dry completely, adhered the strip to my card along with a few candy dots to finish things off.

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaar LifeIsCard

My second card features my favorite die cut from the Grand Bazaar collection, that sweet little fox, along with a fun embossed and watercolored frame made with one of the amazing background cling stamps.

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The card background is pieced from a couple of patterned papers, with stitching down the side to help define the layers. I added several die cuts, including the fox, as well as that fun transparency banner for the sentiment.

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The frame was die cut from a panel of cardstock that was first embossed with white embossing powder using the beautiful Diamond Background cling stamp.

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Then watercolored with pink and yellow ink pads and a wet paintbrush.

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The shabby flower up top is from the Small Things clear stamp set, stamped in pink ink and fussy cut from a scrap of white cardstock. I crumpled the flower in my hand a bit and topped it with a few more Grand Bazaar die cuts before adding it to the card with pop dots.

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed my cards, and now I’ll send you on your way. Your next stop along the hop is the amazing Tami Hartley. If you happen to find a link that doesn’t work, or get lost along the way, you can hop back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in today’s hop.

And what’s a blog hop without a few prizes, right? Well, we’ve got two amazing Grand Bazaar prize packs — including paper, embellishments, clear and cling stamps, and stencils to give away to two lucky commenters.


The two winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers’ blogs. Comments must be received by 11:59pm PST on Wednesday, June 11. The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning! Good luck, everyone!


So Very Lovely Card:
Empire 12×12 Paper
Constantinople 12×12 Paper
Die Cuts & Transparencies
Leaf & Flourish Stencil
You Make Me Smile Clear Stamp Set
Aqua & Pink Candy Buttons
Cardstock,  Trim: Stampin’Up
Ink: Hero Arts, Stampin’Up

Life Is Card:
Byzantine 12×12 Paper
Persia 12×12 Paper
Turkey 12×12 Paper
Die Cuts & Transparencies
Diamond Background Cling Stamp
Small Things Clear Stamp Set
Frame Die Cut: Papertrey Ink
Cardstock, Ink, Embossing Powder, Trim: Stampin’Up

463 thoughts on “Hero Arts & BasicGrey “Grand Bazaar” Blog Hop

  1. Can we say gorgeous and gorgeous! Yes, I think we can! Stunning work Audrey and your work with those gorgeous vibrant colors is outstanding! I love how you used the stencil in the heart frame. It’s such a soft and beautiful look!

  2. Fantastic cards, Audrey! I love the cut out heart design on the first one and that beautiful stencil. Love the bright colors and the stamp you used on the second one.

  3. I am in love with the new stencils! just wonderful! and your cards are so very inspiring! love that heart! 🙂

  4. Love all the patterns and colours together on the second card. That’s what I love about basic grey papers – vastly different patterns that still work together.

  5. That first card is “so very lovely”. Lovely layers and the black stitching really sets it off! Foxy card is so fun and trendy. I am loving the colors in this collection and will be sure to come back and hop when I get time. Thanks for the heads up on my blog today, pics have been re-added and all is good!

  6. I love your cards and the newest collection from Basic Grey. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  7. Wow! Amazing cards with this awesome collection by two great companies: Hero Arts & Basic Grey! Yay!!!

  8. I do love the black stitching on that first card…it just adds the perfect touch! Thanks for showing how you created these cards. It’s so nice to see pictures and read detailed explanations!

  9. Love both of your cards….the flower stencil is awesome…very creative!! The fox card is outstanding.

  10. Love the fox card! Stencils just add such depth to everything. I need to use them more!! Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Both your cards are so beautiful. Love the stencilling technique on the first one. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I just love all your cards… they are just awesome. I love the stenciling technique and your background papers.

  13. THESE.ARE.AMAZING!!! Love the techniques with the watercolors and resist, and that fox is adorable. Another one hit out of the park! 😀

  14. Beautiful cards. Love how you added some water to the stenciled background. The fox is so cute! Glad you made it the focal point of your second card!

  15. Your stenciled background on the first card works PERFECTLY with the papers — love your designs!

  16. The stenciled background are fantastic. When I looked at the collection I thought to myself that I wouldn’t use the fox, you changed my mind on that. Your cards are amazizng.

  17. Amazing project my Friend!
    Thank you for including pictures of your creative process too 😉
    Have a fantastic week-end!

  18. So in love with what you did with the stencil on the first card, and completely smitten with all of your cards!

  19. Love the cards you make. You are very talented! Love that you were able to team up with Basic Grey and Hero Arts for their blog!!

  20. Very pretty cards–I espcially love the first card and the way you combined patterns, colors and textures.

  21. First of all, I love these vibrant colors together. The heart window card with the stenciled design underneath is fantastic. I love how you created a look of watercolor on that background. I love the die cut fox card as well, and I love the fox in this collection! Gorgeous cards!

  22. Wonderful cards Audrey. I love how they look so different from the rest of the cards I’ve seen today. We always get such wonderful ideas from you talented ladies. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Great cards…I especially like the first with the use of the heart. Many thanks for the very detailed and clear instructions. I can hardly wait to experiment!

  24. Both cards are beautiful, Audrey! Love the heart cut out and stenciled background! And, the fox card is full of color and so cute! Have a great weekend, hugs!

  25. I’m definitely falling in serious like with this collection. Your choice of elements is amazing and comes together to produce such lovely cards. Wow!

  26. I love seeing how everyone uses these supplies. Everyone has such pretty cards and so how anyone can use these supplies.

  27. Wow – such gorgeous cards. I love how all the layers show off so many of the great patterns & colors in this collection.Thanks for sharing!

  28. I already got a sneek peak through Facebook and now I am here. You are a fabulous card maker and I am a fan:) The first card is my favorite. It’s filled with colors, patterns and details that I just LOVE. This post took my breath away….

  29. The cards are great. I love the color combination of yellow and pinks. The reds from the fox and the pinks are also pretty together. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Thanks for sharing your cards, loved the bright colors! Thanks also to Hero Arts and Basic Grey for the awesome prizes!

  31. Stamps are great and stencils are great and they go together perfectly. Thanks for your ideas.

  32. I love that your cards are packed with details, this is such a lovely collection and you highlighted it so well.

  33. I used got stencil borders on my walls – why hadn’t I thought of stenciling ever so gently on my card for background? Your cards are lovely. Thank you for sharing

  34. Wow! what a lot of comments! Congrat’s! The “lovely” card is beautiful, wish I was receiving it! and I love the “fox” card too!

  35. Such beautiful cards!!! I am soo in love with this line already!!! Gorgeous colors!!! I am absolutely dying over that beautiful stencil and background stamp you used on the cards!!! Wow!!! 🙂

  36. Of all the cards, and all the stenciled used, I haven’t seen one that I don’t want!!! Love them!

  37. I love the stencil and have it…I am finding it works with lots of techniques. I have used a Jennifer McGuire technique where you ink the actual stencil, spray with glitter mist and then use like a stamp to stamp onto your paper. Cool watercolor effect.

  38. Great tutorial on your backgrounds for both cards. Love that diamond pattern. Very nice color work and love the layers on the cards. Thanks for sharing

  39. Just stunning Audrey, you KNOW I LOVE a watercolour look! Very clever use of your stencil and paint brush… the diamond stamp and watercolour technique has such a fabulous effect and with colour, and I love how the flowers in the first card looks like they are tied up with a bow even though they are different dimensions!! Beautiful!

  40. Thanks for the great ideas you’ve shared! Love the various ways you’ve incorporated water-coloring… especially on the last card: white embossing the Diamond Background stamp and then brushing on color to highlight the design!

  41. Your first card is so beautiful wow you really came up with so many fab ideas for your stamping and the way you chose to do your layers the effect is so romantic. Your second card is so cute love how you you showcased your little fox just adorable. Both cards are equally awesome and definitely created with passion you are most certainly a talented artist. What a treat to see everything.

  42. Amazing cards! Love the color and the patterns. Love the stencils and the background stamps. Love to see how you blog hop hostessess have used the collection in different ways!

  43. Loving all the cards in this blog hop. I especially love the soft watercolor technique you used with the stencil in the first card. Thanks

  44. Your cards are just so good! I am loving that stencil and the great background you created. It’s a great release and you worked it!

  45. just loving your cards!! my g-son says that saying you have with the fox, its like his calling card, lol and he just turned 12!! started saying it @10! gotta make this card for him 🙂 thanks so much for sharing 🙂 !!

  46. I love the cards, especially the heart with stencil background. I am just now getting unto using stencils and you have given me great ideas to work with. Thanks!

  47. Such pretty cards. Such a lot of gorgeous elements in your creations. I especially love the first card. That heart is wonderful.

  48. “So very lovely” is the phrase you used for the first card, but the phrase also aptly describes your work. Thanks so much for sharing!

  49. Love the heart window you created with the negative cut. Looks terrific. The second card is also cool. Cool patterned paper layers.

  50. Absolutely LOVE the techniques you used with the new stencil and stamps in this Basic Grey line. Wonderful!

  51. Wonderful paper and stamps. Your cards are inspiring. Can’t wait to try some of your techniques.

  52. I like the new floral stencil. It looks like there are a lot of different parts of it that would make to interesting motifs.

  53. These blog hops are such a great idea. The designs are all so individual, using the same basic products.

  54. The heart window on your first is so pretty, and the watercolor background on the second is gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing these!

  55. Am really loving how everyone found different inspiration with the fun products in this line! Especially love your stenciled background in the heart window, Audrey!!

  56. The diamond background stamp & that stencil are so cool. Wonderful collection brimming with inspiration.

  57. Very pretty cards, the colors are pretty together and the fox is so cute. I love the stenciling you did is awe some. Thank you for sharing and your inspiration.

  58. Beautiful cards… I have yet to try stitching on mine but you’ve inspired me to give it a go! Thanks 🙂

  59. Love your cards Audrey… and thanks for the technique tips too. Basic Grey and Hero Arts – two of my favorite companies and these products do not disappoint.

  60. Wow — there’s so much going on here and I love it all. The stencils are really making an impression on me. You’ve let your keen eye for layering and combining colors and patterns shine through. Nice!

  61. Talk about creative minds along this Blog Hop. I feel like I’ve learned so much just perusing all the blogs. Awesome work, Audrey!

  62. the stencil is gorgeous. Love the way you softened the ink with the water. Gives a such pretty look.

  63. These are such beautiful designs. They have such versatility. I really like what you did with the background stamps. And your cards are beautiful.

  64. I love the colours, the texture, the dimension and that cute little fox! Oh em gee he’s beautiful (Mr Fox fan!), thank you for sharing your beautiful cards!

  65. I love it ALL! But especially how you did your own background using the stencil….these are just fantastic. I would LOVE to play with this whole line!

  66. Great cards – love that stencil! Thank you for sharing and thanks to Hero Arts and Basic Grey for the opportunity to win some great supplies. Have a great day.

  67. Wow, I love, love, love the brightness of your cards and the layouts, that stencil is perfect for those images. I absolutely love that fox. He is a keeper for sure. I really admire your stitching around the heart. That is amazing. What wonderful detailed cards. Love them, thank you for sharing them with us. hugs, Cathy K

  68. Oh my goodness – this entire group of goodies is just too good to be true. Your cards are wonderful, I can’t wait to get my hands on these stamps, die cuts, embellishments and stencils.

  69. This is such a pretty line but I think I needed all of you on the hop to show me the potential. Thanks!

  70. DELIGHTFUL pair of cards!!!
    LOVE BOTH backgrounds, watering down the stencilling looks amazing, as does the watercolouring over the embossing – WOW!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your cards, techniques and CREATIVE INSPIRATION 🙂

  71. Oh that stenciled background is so cool. Thanks so much. Now I need these items to art with – so lovely.

  72. Audrey, I love both of these beauties! I adore the embossed and watercolored frame on your second card, it’s so cool! The heart window with stitching is gorgeous too! Thanks for sharing the pretty inspiration!

  73. So colorful! Love the fox definitely one of my favourites. You ladies are so talented and you are all an inspiration…thank you so much for sharing.

  74. i love everything you did with these great products! gold is really all over. can’t wait to grab some of these products.

  75. Thanks for sharing your creativity and wonderful techniques. Love the water color over the embossing powder! And I also love the flourish stencil. It could be used so many different ways. Thanks for sharing.

  76. Wonderful cards! I especially like the first one – what you’ve done with the stencil is just so lovely!

  77. Stencils are my current fave and cannot get enough of them… your card is a perfect example why they are so awesome!

  78. Oh my goodness, this collections is awesome…but most of all I love your cards…the color are wonderful….and the watercolor is so much fun…..
    good luck everyone 🙂

  79. Some fun new toys you’ve got there. Stencils and stamps–who doesn’t like to play with those. The way you layered and recessed the first card with the transparency…LOVE it! I agree that the fox is precious. Great ink work with the stamping. Hugs!

  80. Oh wow. These are beautiful Audrey! I love how you used a waterbrush on the stencilled pattern….love that effect!

  81. Love your cards, especially the background stamp with white embossing and ink wash. Thanks for the inspiration.

  82. Love the first card. It is so much fun to see what everyone is creating and seeing the same products used in so many different ways. Great job girls!

  83. such an amazing process-I love seeing other people’s talent and applications thanks for sharing

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