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Monday, January 10, 2022

January 2022 My Monthly Hero Release + Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome! Today is launch day at Hero Arts for the January Monthly Release! Today I'm featuring some purple goodness.

This first card was made with items from the main January My Monthly Hero kit. I used the key hole coverplate as a background element by simply putting a mat over the area of the key hole. The ornate details of the coverplate make a great border.

I turned the leafy branch into something more like wisteria using Hero Arts Orchid Bold Ink and Amethyst Pigment Ink on a Cup O' Joe double-stamped branch. There is a bit of Pool Party Reactive Ink blended onto the background, and the message was done with Onyx Pigment Ink and then clear embossed.

For my next card, I worked with the Peony Bunch stamp set, dies and coordinating stencils. I inked them up again using Orchid Bold Ink and Amethyst Pigment Ink. The leaves are Green Apple Reactive Ink.

The background was lightly blended with more Orchid ink, then topped with one of my favorite bits in this release, the Chain Linked Fancy Die. I die cut it a couple times from gold Glitter Paper.

Today's I'm participating in the release blog hop! The next stop is Lydia Fiedler. Here's the complete hop list:
Comment on the stops along the hop, every time you do you're entered into the drawing for a $50 gift card. You have until Sunday, January 16th to enter.

This gorgeous new release begins shipping this Friday, January 14, and continues the following week.

I'll be going over the launch tomorrow - Tuesday, January 11th - at 3pm et on the Hero Arts Facebook page. I hope to see you in the comments!

Happy Stamping!

Click on the images below to shop this entire release. I don't use affiliate links on this blog, but have these here so you can see all the goodies. Visit another stop on the hop to use affiliate links and support a fellow stamper!

January 2022 My Monthly Hero
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Get Them All January Add-ons
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CM604 Peonies Bunch
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DF025 Peonies Bunch Frame Cuts (D)
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SB305 Peonies Bunch Bundle
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SA190 Color Layering Peonies Bunch...
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CM603 Flower Girls
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DF024 Flower Girls Frame Cuts (C)
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SB306 Flower Girls Bundle
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CM605 Key to My Heart
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DF026 Key to My Heart Frame Cuts (C)
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SB307 Key to My Heart Bundle
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CG872 Chocolate Candy Cling
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CM606 V-Day Mini Messages
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CG873 Chain Linked Fence Bold Prints
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DF029 Chain Linked Fancy Die (C)
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DF028 Locks Fancy Dies (D)
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DF027 Hearts & Blossoms Cover Plate (F)
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DF030 Hero Lifestyle Cherub (C)
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Monday, November 1, 2021

November 2021 Hero Arts Release + Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome! Today is release day at Hero Arts, and the November My Monthly Hero kit is so adorable, and so much fun! For today's project with the kit, I decided to bust out my felt stash and try making an ornament.

First I die cut all of the various pieces. For things like the white on the hat, and Santa's pink nose, I die cut and trimmed - those elements are only attached at a couple places, and very easy to trim and piece together. I also die cut some ovals from the Hero Arts Nesting Oval Infinity Dies.

I glued all of the pieces onto the front oval using Hero Arts Precision Glue. Then I used the baker's twine in the kit to do a blanket stitch along the edge. I'm no seamstress, but it's a VERY easy stitch - I just googled a reference video to remind myself how to do it. I realized as I was pretty far along that I didn't have any stuffing material - oops! So this one is stuffed with Kleenex - I may need to go get some poly-fill to make more!

Here's the finished ornament - this would be a fun project to do with kids or grandkids, too!

Check out what the rest of the Hero Arts team created this month! Leave as many comments as you can along the hop, Hero Arts is giving away the entire November add-on release to one lucky reader! Next stop on the hop is Jessica, but here's the entire list in case you need it!

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Inspired by Michelle Lupton

Today I'm honored to be sharing a pair of cards inspired by my extremely talented friend, Michelle Lupton!

Michelle does this fun card series every fall, where she invites friends to "case" one of her cards - be inspired to create a card based on one of her designs - and she in turn does the same. I'm honored that she invited me! I don't create many cards, so it's much more difficult for her to find something of mine to be inspired by. Michelle, on the other hand, is a huge resource of constant inspiration!! I chose THIS CARD to inspire my cards today.

Michelle had a die cut element as the main focal point on her card - I used the Hero Arts Floral Holiday Tree Fancy Die as mine. I also was inspired by how Michelle inked up the bottom half of the card, and added a script background stamp. I did similar for my first card.

My tree die cut is painted with Gold Glimmer Metallic Ink, which is so bright and gorgeous! I ink blended Pool Party Reactive Ink on the masked-off bottom portion of my card, then stamped Script Bold Prints in the same ink for a tone on tone look. I splattered more of the gold ink, and created a little message banner with a simple "Merry Christmas" from Floral Nativity.

My second card is similar but different, but still inspired by Michelle's card.

This time when I die cut, I was careful to leave all of the pieces intact in the die cut. I ink blended the tree with Green Apple Reactive Ink, and added more of the Pool Party at the bottom. This time I splattered the Pewter Glimmer Metallic Ink (which comes in a 2-pack with the Gold), and also added Sparkle Clear Lacquer Pen on all of the tree pieces. The message is a woodblock this time - Handwritten Merry Christmas. I matted my inked panel on white glitter paper, and added a little silver cording bow to finish the card.

Now be sure to head to Michelle's blog to see what she created, inspired by one of my cards! And huge thanks again to Michelle for inviting me!

Happy Stamping,

Monday, October 4, 2021

October 2021 My Monthly Hero Release

Today is release day at Hero Arts, and this month's kit is so beautiful! It was inspired by the theme of "Victorian Christmas". I love the classic feel to everything in this release!

There's a fabulous blog hop today, please visit all of these artists for inspiration:

And visit on Instagram:
Kailash Naidoo

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

September 2021 My Monthly Hero Release Blog Hop

Hello everyone! It's release day at Hero Arts. The September kit is absolutely gorgeous, with layering stencils for a big, bold bunch of sunflowers. Definitely check it out! But for my post today, I'm using one of the sentiment sets included in this release - Autumn Messages. I combined it with some great die sets from the Holiday Catalog - Hero Lifestyle Trick or Treat, and Halloween Icons Dies.

The stamp set includes several great messages for fall - from Halloween to Thanksgiving. Here's a look at Autumn Messages:

For my first card, I paired "Have a FANG-tastic Night" with the cute little vampire from the Trick or Treat set. I started with the Hero Lifestyle Forms, and added eyebrows from Hero Lifestyle Faces. I colored the pieces of the vampire's outfit with my Copics.

The background is Etched Winter Swirls Bold Prints - stamped and watercolored in the background, then just stamped in gray on the front.

For the next card, I paired the witch from Trick or Treat with the "Hey GHOUL friend" message.

The background is the inner part of the same panel I watercolored on the vampire card. I cut it with the Rounded Rectangle Infinity Dies, then used both parts.

The other pieces, including the bats on the vampire card, are all from the Halloween Icons Dies set.

Now it's time to hop! Visit and comment on as many of these blogs as you can, Hero Arts is giving away a $50 shopping spree to one winner. Comment by Sunday, September 12th to be in the running.

Thanks for stopping by,

Here's a look at the products used. I do not use affliate links. If you'd like to support a stamper in the hop, consider click over to Hero Arts from one of their blogs.
CM569 Autumn Messages
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CG853 Etched Winter Swirls Bold...
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DI923 Halloween Icons Dies (D) - Hero...
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DI924 Hero Lifestyle Trick or Treat...
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DI841 Hero Lifestyle Forms Fancy...
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CM500 Hero Lifestyle Faces - Hero Arts
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DI465 Rounded Rectangle Infinity Dies
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