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Monday, August 7, 2017

August My Monthly Hero - Release + Giveaway!

(Edited to add: I created another card for this release using the Milky Way Window Fancy Die - click HERE if you'd like to see it in action!)

Hello and welcome! The new Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit is here, and it is fabulous! I think it may be my favorite month ever. There's space and kitties and moons and stars and clouds and little girls flying to their dreams. That's it - it's just plain dreamy!

I haven't made cards in a little while, and when I don't I become kinda.... erm.... rusty! So this month I wasn't feelin' it on the card front - so instead I turned to my art journal. It's always my best friend when I need to send out search party for my crafty mojo! My favorite image in the main kit is the little girl flying. It just reminds me of Peter Pan, or chasing your dreams, or believing anything is possible... I don't know, I just love it. I've also had an idea in my head for ages to make a journal page inspired by Ruth B's song "Lost Boy," which has a Peter Pan theme - so this was just the kit to finally do it!

I began by covering the pages of my art journal (I use this one from Strathmore - I picked it up at Michael's with a coupon) with Daniel Smith watercolor ground. I used a ground with a really pretty shimmer to it. Then I watercolored over it once dry, using Daniel Smith paints. The shimmery ground leaves the background with a slight shimmery feel once painted. So pretty! And of course impossible to capture in photos - sorry - I stink at photographing my art journal! It's much prettier in person - trust me. ;-)

Using Orchid ink, I lightly stamped the "life is but a dream" message from the kit all over the background.

The little girl and the moon were done by covering a panel of cardstock with Versamark, direct to paper, and coating with Black Sparkle embossing powder. Then I used the dies from the kit to cut out the moon and girl. I didn't stamp them at all - just used the dies.

One of my favorite add-ons to this kit are the fabulous Nesting Cloudy Infinity Dies. I love flat-bottomed clouds, and I'm thrilled to have them in a variety of sizes now. Again, I prepped the paper first, then die-cut. This time I painted watercolor paper with more of the same Daniel Smith paint, and also spritzed with the blueberry shimmer ink that came with the kit. I will give you a little bit of a warning - this ink is messy, it sprays far and wide - so be careful when you use it! But I absolutely LOVE how it looks!!

More details were added to the background. The trees are from the Color Layering Snowy Tree stamp set. The fun little star trio from the kit was stamped here and there with gold Delicata ink. I love all of the ways to add stamped sparkle and shimmer with this kit - or "fairy dust", if you'd like!


The lyrics to the song by Ruth B were typed up and printed out on the computer, then cut up and added to the page with Ranger matte multi medium. I doodled little boxes around each word with my black Sharpie, and I also added a black border to the pages using a black acrylic paint marker.

Here's the song by Ruth B if you've never heard it - it was out a while ago, but I love it so! (Find it here on YouTube if it's not showing up on your device!)


And here's a look at this fabulous kit!


Now let's get hopping! Please visit all of the links below, and leave comments as you go! Hero Arts is giving away a kit to one lucky commenter, drawn from the comments left on all of the blogs. You have until Sunday, August 13 at 11:59pm to get your comments in. Check the Hero Arts blog for the winner!

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Nichol Spohr
Wanda Guess
Ilina Crouse
May Park
Yana Smakula
Lydia Fiedler
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Amy Tsuruta
Michelle Short
Libby Hickson (you are here!)

And if you didn't see my Countdown post on the Hero Arts blog this past weekend, check it out here. I was thinking outside of the card for this project, too! Do you know about the Kindness Rocks project?


 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

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159 comments:

  1. Like your thinking outside the box for this kit!

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  2. Love the rocks, my kids will enjoy doing that! thanks so much for the inspiration:)

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  3. Ah, love your journal page! Nice to see one done in the hop. Those stones are too cool!

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  4. What a cool use of the kit images! Makes me want to start Art Journaling! The rocks are quite fun as well.

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  5. Love your journal page nice work.
    Love them rocks as well.
    Have a blessed day!
    Kimberly

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  6. Wow, the clouds on your journal page seem to glow! Beautiful work!

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  7. Fabulous journal pages--I like the Lost Boy theme.

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  8. Very cool way to use the kit! I love it!

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  9. Very creative! And the rocks are really cute too!

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  10. Love how you used the products in your journal, especially the cloud dies, so neat looking! I also like how you used them on the rocks. My daughter,grand daughters and I belong to a rock group and that will be a neat technique to try on our next rock painting session, Thanks for sharing.
    ~Gin K.~

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  11. Your pages are wonderful! Love them!

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  12. GORGEOUS pages, Libby!! I've never done any art journaling, but your pages make me want to start.

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  13. I absolutely LOVE this song! It goes so well with this month's kit! Maybe they should have enclosed a link to it in the kit! Oooooo! I just got an idea that blows my mind! If it works out I will share it with you!
    Your journal pages are quite awesome and I adore the Kindness Rocks! I am definitely going to be making some of them with my 5 year old granddaughter! She is going to love it!
    Can't wait to get my kit so I can try my idea out! Thanks for the amazing inspiration!

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  14. I enjoyed your posts for this release. Stamps aren't just for cards and paper crafts. Love that you showed 2 new ways to use them "outside the card" Thank you so much for sharing and encouraging us to to think outside the card.

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  15. Creativity is creativity! It isn't only available in A2! :-)) Yours went in a wonderful direction. Thank you, it is still inspiring. (But larger projects shut down my "hmmm, what can I do with this?"!)

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  16. These are some unique uses of this fun kit. Thank you for sharing!

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  17. Such great journal pages and what a great idea to extend it to the rocks!! I have heard of kindness rocks! I need to start on my rocks! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. What pretty art journal pages! Love all the colors - so soothing. And your rocks are great! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  19. Your pages are beautiful. I am going to be using this kit for my pictures of the upcoming eclipse.

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  20. The clouds are stunning. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. Wow! I think you used every element in the kit, awesome!

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  22. I love this page!!! Gorgeous~~

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  23. You sure have been busy! That looks like a ton of work! Nice job!

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  24. Love the story in your journal page!!!! A true joy to read! Way to step out of the box and hit the stars with this one! Your rocks are cool too! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Love your art journal pages Libby, it looks awesome. Another great use for this kit! TFS! (Your kindness rocks are fantastic!)

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  26. Nice art journal pages.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  27. great ideas. I love your use of color

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  28. Nice journal pages. Love the rocks too.

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  29. Love how you painted the rocks! This is such a great idea! Thank you!

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  30. Original pages, just as your rocks were. Thank you for encouraging us to think further then cards !

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  31. Great art journal pages!! and i love your rocks too!!

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  32. Wow!! Beautiful projects you created with this new kit!! The journal pages are just stunning. And I love the painted rocks ❤️

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  33. Fabulous art journal pages and the song lyrics are a perfect addition!

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  34. I loved your art journal and your rocks ROCK! (and I love that song)

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  35. Yay for art journaling!! Loved the poem, it would have been soo cute to have a, little cloud of green, in the background in honor of the poem. Very well done

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  36. you are so talented, I really appreciate how you used this kit

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  37. I knew it! I thought of Peter Pan and Wendy when I saw the first hints on the release. Glad I'm not the only one. Thanks - this is a fabulous journal page and idea!

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  38. It was nice to see an art journal page in the hope!And the stones are cool too!Thank you for sharing your great ideas :)

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  39. I absolutely love your journal pages, so beautiful! The colors are amazing and the story it tells is awesome!

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  40. So stunning. Great story told in a very unique way. Great job. Absolutely love the kindness rocks.

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  41. Gorgeous art journaling page and I love what you did on the rocks! Very cool. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  42. Wonderful page - so interesting and colorful:)

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  43. your journal pages are amazing!!

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  44. Thank you for such inspiring card making ideas!

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  45. Very nice journal pages and the rocks were awesome. Thanks for sharing....

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  46. This is gorgeous! Love the journal spread!

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  47. Wow I wish I had the time to play like this

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  48. So very creative, possibilities with this kit are limitless!! Thanks for sharing already have ideas for some scrap book pages.

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  49. As soon as I saw this kit, I instantly thought of Neverland! I love your projects!

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  50. Love how you used this set! It really is perfect for a journal. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  51. What a great art journal layout! And you ROCK those rocks!!

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  52. Ooooooo...love the Rocks and the journal page...bravo! Fantastic!!!!

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  53. Wow! I love your art journal page. So inspiring

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  54. Libby, loving your projects! So AWESOME.

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  55. It was great to see the kit used in a journal!

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  56. I love that song! Your pages are beautiful and I'm glad you didnt go with a card! Fantastic and I think it really allowed your creatively to let loose.

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  57. Gorgeous layout - love the space background and silouettes. Awesome.

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  58. WOW! I have to admit I bought this with multiple different ideas for art journaling, which I don't see a lot in "card" kits.....BUT , you just proved me right with these pages of magical perfection! 💕💖💗 Thank You so much! 😍

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  59. Very creative. Love your work.

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  60. I love your art journal pages. The colors and layers are so beautiful and I love the way you used the lyrics. It makes me want to journal!

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  61. I'm sensing a feeling of Wendy in Peter Pan. Up, up, and away.Fly me to the moon and other great ideas from this kit. Thanks.
    Mkschmidt4atgmaildotcom

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  62. Such a beautiful journaling page. Using the lyrics was genius. My grandkids and I love painting rocks. When I saw this kit on the countdown I knew immediately I wanted to use them on rocks. I was so amazed and extremely excited when you posted yours. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  63. Awesome kit! Love the rocks!

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  64. Great journal page! And I liked your rocks, too. That's popular up here, I think they even have their own FB page!

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  65. The Kindness rocks are really eye-catching! Thanks for sharing.

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  66. I am so thrilled to see ideas for this kit other than cards. I love making cards, but I love other projects too. Your art journal pages and painted rocks are both standing. And uummm, you don't look a bit rusty!!! I am definitely going to look up a kindness rock project. Thank you for mentioning!
    elizabeth.vogler2@gmail.com

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  67. Thank you for sharing. I love your rocks!

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  68. What a stunning journal page...and the rocks are so darn cute!

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  69. Thank you for showing other ways of using these stamps. I granddaughter is into art journals and she also loves this song.

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  70. Your creativity amazes me! Love your out of the box ideas!

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  71. Wow! What a beautiful spread in your journal!

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  72. It really makes good journal pages. The way you designed it is really pretty. Thanks !!

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  73. Oh my!!! This kit is absolutely amazing!!! It's so versatile! I'm in love for your stunning projects!!! Rocks are so beautiful!!!

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  74. Lovely card ideas, thanks for sharing

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  75. wonderful projects! The journal pages is stunning and the stones are such a great idea!

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  76. Great projects and lots of inspiration on using the kit in different ways.

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  77. Stunning work and amazing projects for sure - will take the journal thank you and throw in a rock - please miss my head - have a blessed week and keep on creating beauties like these! TFS

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  78. Great art journal pages. Love the clouds

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  79. Very unique use of the Hero Arts kit this month. You are very creative, as your journal illustrates. Lovely!

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  80. LOVE those Little Rock's, so sweet!!

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  81. Gorgeous journal pages, Libby! Just love how you used the kit and add-ons to create such beauty!!

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  82. Beautiful pages and rocks.
    Dolores

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  83. What an awesome journal to show off the new kit. Now you should write a story to match!

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  84. This is such a beautiful page. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  85. Love the rocks! So cute! and your journal pages are great!

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  86. Ingenious and thanks for sharing Ruth B. Love that!

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  87. Beautiful options! Love that song too!

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  88. Gorgeous artwork!! Love the colors and composition. Hero Arts did a great job on this kit!

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  89. love love love the journal pages but the stones just take the cake! :D

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  90. Beautiful journal pages! Love the colors and textures!

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  91. I can see how your were inspired by this song--it is beautiful! And so is your art journal page! I have to try that! Thanks for sharing.

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  92. I love the art journal page. The cloud dies are so great in this release. Like the stones also. Thanks for sharing.

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  93. Love your artwork! Such a great way to showcase the kit with something different from a card. Always love seeing different examples, so thanks for that!

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  94. Your art journal pages are stunning, I just love the poem you added and how you added it looks fantastic. Your pages have a very dreamy, magical feel to them, I really love them.

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  95. I loved your art journal pages, but those rocks are the bomb. You've inspired me.

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  96. Love the rocks; this kit is so fun!

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  97. Love love love! I also thought of Peter Pan when I saw the flying girl image, and it works so well with the song's lyrics - just beautiful! It's nice seeing all kinds if inspiration so I'm kind of happy you felt too rusty to make a card :P
    Really beautiful art :) Thank you! xx

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  98. Beautiful journal. I love the pages and song. The rocks are so awesome. I think I will go out and find some awesome rocks to paint. I have one I did with a short scripture on it. I like the painted idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  99. What a great use of this kit. Just fantastic.

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  100. I think, out of all the blogs, your rocks are my favorite. I love how you thought outside the card, and I know my 5 year old granddaughter, who is into these painted rocks, will just love making these.

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  101. TFS your talents with the art world. I love everything, but the painted rocks are too special. I'm going to hopefully inspire my granddaughter to try it.

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  102. It is sooooo nice to see the monthly kit being used for something other than cards. It helps remind us that these products have more than one use. For your journal, I love how the trees have a slightly faded background look. It makes the silhouette of the flying girl just stand out. Reminds me about letting our dreams take flight... Thank you for the inspiration. PS - love the rocks - they're soooo cute!

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  103. This is another fabulous card kit release from HA. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  104. Beautiful pages!! I love how you've used the stamps. I loved your kindness rocks that you had shared on the HA blog.

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  105. Your journal pages are super - love all the elements you used ! The kindness rocks are awesome - just recently heard of them !

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  106. wow! that is just 2 pages full of mesmerizing gorgeousness!

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  107. Love the kindness rocks. Very creative

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  108. So beautiful!!!!!!! The pages are gorgeous, so inspired!!!

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  109. WOW!!! Your artwork is stunning! Love the kindness rocks idea. We have a facebook page here in my city, same idea but they aren't called kindness rocks here, and people are hiding painted rocks all over the city for people to find. It's been a big hit!

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  110. Your art journal pages are gorgeous. I just started art journaling and I thought this stamp set was perfect to try in my art journal in addition to cards.

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  111. Love it!
    Thanks for a chance to win!
    ~Nicole Ligaard Jensen

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  112. I love this song and to see your interpretation is beautiful. That's are suing the video.

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  113. Like the idea of stamping on different materials xx

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  114. Your creativity is gorgeous!

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  115. OH my, you have the perfect creation with this wonderful kit!

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  116. love this I forgot about the man in the moon. thank you for sharing the lovely saying and your mixed media page.

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  117. Love your mixed media projects! They show off the kit in a new moonlight :-)

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  118. Beautiful art journal! Rocks are fun! Thanks for sharing!

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  119. Great art journal project. Love the clouds.

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  120. Wow! Your art journaling is amazing. Love this project. What a great kit!

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  121. You are so creative. Great colors for your journal.

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  122. Great original uses of this set.

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  123. Perfect for the upcoming eclipse!

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  124. Super projects you have created!

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  125. Lovely art journal page! This month's Hero Arts kit looks so fun!

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  126. I love that you used these products in different ways. The journal spread is wonderful and the painted rocks, rock!

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  127. Great ideas and use of the stamp sets and kit contents

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  128. Great use of this kit in your art journal and the rocks are just amazing!

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  129. I've been wanting to start an art journal and love your inspiration! Those rocks are awesome!

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  130. Amazing journal pages! Looks like this monthly kit lends itself to wonderful creative expression outside our cardmaking!

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  131. Love your pages! Great creativey

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  132. Love seeing this kit used for different projects. Love your work!

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  133. Wow you have certainly given me so much inspiration it's 'out of this world' 😉. Love the stone idea too. TFS & being in this blog hop. X.

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  134. I love love love love love love love the rocks. Beautiful!!!

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  135. What a great way to use this kit. Art journaling has been something I've been wanting to try for a while. I'm really inspired by this interpretation of using the kit.

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  136. Beautiful art journal! You've added so much detail is incredible!

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  137. I love that you showed us your art journal page. Gives more ideas for this great kit!

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  138. Lovely cards, my favourite us the first fox one!

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