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My Monthly Hero July Unboxing

Hey guys! Just sharing a quick post with pictures of me unboxing the July Hero Arts kit. This one is adorable (and unfortunately sold out).

Kit contents:

Here is my box:

I love that Hero Arts includes a thank you card every month!

Our first glimpse of all the goodies!

This month we have 2 ribbons tied around the stamps and dies.

I love that happy birthday marquee sign sentiment, how fun! There are some silhouette images and some images to color. A great combination of both.

I like the sentiments that are curved to fit inside the airplane banner too!

This is my favorite part, that background die! That is going to get some use! The label shape is handy too!

Here are the inks and the postcards. The red and blue inks are reactive. I’m not sure about all of their properties but they do react to water.

I plan to use the postcards to send notes to my daughter after she leaves for school. At the rate I’m going , she’ll be getting a card a day 😂.

I’m sorry, I don’t have any cards to share yet. I’ll be sure to share a post once I get a chance to play!

Changing the subject, have you seen the news? Tim Holtz is releasing 12 new colors of Distress Oxide inks! Check out Tim’s Facebook page for the video he posted, then let me know your favorite new color. Mine is Tumbled Glass. I was just thinking that I really wanted them to release Tumbled Glass this past weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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Hero Arts June My Monthly Hero Unboxing

Hey guys! Just popping in real quick to share a post for the June My Monthly Hero kit! I don’t have a card to share, like I normally would, but I did get to test out the ink spray included in the kit!

Here are the kit contents:

First of all, check out the cute new packaging!

Super cute! Let’s open that baby up!

Look at all that fun! Love the bright stickers!

I can’t wait to try out the layering ocean and cloud Stamps! All of the Design Team cards were stunning. I love the hello written in the sand too, and the Adirondack chair. Such a great kit!

Here are the matching dies.

And the fun stuff! Four new ink cubes, those bright stickers, the sand embossing powder and…sea foam shimmer spray!!!

So, of course I had to try the spray out. Since I’m currently “camping,” in my condo before we move our furniture tomorrow, all I had to test it on was the packing slip from the kit. And of course I’m working with horrible lighting.

You can see it’s still wet, but I think I captured a little bit of the shine in the second picture. It’s a lot less green when it dries, and totally gorgeous! I promise I’ll share better sample soon.

Guess what? I painted my new craft room! I wasn’t sure if I was going to get to it before we moved. My hands are still swollen from it, but I did it!

Here is a sneak peek.

This was taken right after the last coat, at almost 8 at night, and the tape is till up. I can’t wait to see it in daylight, all cleaned up.

We officially move tomorrow, and I’ll share a post with before and after pictures of my craft room. I was able to roll out the rug for the room too, before I painted though. It’s gorgeous!

Can you tell I’m excited? Really, at this point, I just want it all done. Between all the physical labor and fighting with my landlord, I’m over it!

Back to card making :)! In celebration of my new house, and with the spending freeze over, I may have gotten a little carried away with craft purchases. I grabbed some new MFT and Concord and 9th, along with some items from Altenew and Stamping Bella I had my eye on for a bit. So, lots to share once I get my room put together!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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Hero Arts May 2018 Kit Unboxing

Hello! Once again I’m a little late in posting. I wanted to wait until I had a card to share with you, along with the kit unboxing.

Here are the kit contents:

MAY KIT INCLUDES:

► – 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set

► – 13 Coordinating Frame Cuts Dies

► – 2 Leaf Dies

► – 1 Window Fancy Die with Frame

► – 1 Roll Leaf Patterned Washi Tape (Assorted Designs)

► – 5 Ivory Skeleton Leaves

► – 4 5″ x 7″ Sheets 100% Recycled Handmade Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper (140 lb)

► – 1 5.25″ x 6.5″ Tree Swirl Stencil

LIMITED TIME ONLY! Once this product sells out, it will no longer be available. Quantity limited to two kits per household.

With all of the goodies packed into this kit, it’s an incredible value at $34.99. (Contents add up to $75 if bought separately.)

Let’s take a look at the kit.

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I haven’t used any of the dies yet, but that tree frame die is awesome.

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The stamp style is the silhouettes, like a lot of the kits. I plan on building a tree with the trunk and branches with white heat embossing, and doing an emboss resist with Nuvo Shimmer powders for the A Blog Named Hero May challenge. I was hoping to do it this weekend, but that headache made that difficult.

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This is the package with the stencil, handmade watercolor paper, leave skeletons and washi tape.

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Here is a better look at the item. The card I made this weekend used the stencil.

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I took some Lawn Fawn Black Licorice cardstock and used the tree stencil with Nuvo Moonstone Glitter paste. I added the image of the squirrel, stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed clear.  I had to add the white frame because I messed up the edges, so it’s not exactly what I imagined it would be. The sentiment is from the kit (I really like the sentiments include, especially “with brave wings she flies.” The card base is Gina K Design’s new Tranquil Teal. I stamped one of the branches with Altenew’s Teal Cave on a white envelope to match.

I wish I had more cards to share, but I’m struggling a bit with this kit. I have the heat resist card to make, but not sure what else to do. Do you have any ideas? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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My Monthly Hero April Kit

Hello and happy Monday! I finally have the unboxing post I promised you, for the April My Monthly Hero kit. My apologies for the tardiness, I’ve been working tons of overtime lately!

What is in the kit, you ask. All this:

APRIL KIT INCLUDES:

► – 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set

► – 20 Coordinating Frame Cuts Dies

► – 1 Ornate Floral Border Die

► – 3 Reactive Ink Cubes (Fiesta Red, Fiesta Teal, Fiesta Yellow)

► – 3 6″ x 18″ Sheets Unryu Paper (Assorted Colors)

Let’s get to it!

I love that blue tissue paper, and I tried really hard to save it, but no luck. Those ribbons are really pretty too, and I managed to keep my cat from eating these (so far).

Here is a closer look at the two bundles in the kit.

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The stamp set is super cute! I couldn’t wait to color that bird at the bottom, along with the donkey. There are some great and unusual sentiments too!

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There is the Ornate Floral border die on the right (with smaller dies in it). I haven’t tried it out yet, but I think it’s gorgeous.

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The Unryu paper is so vibrant, and had great texture. The reactive inks are also really pretty. I believe the reactive part means they interact with water, but  I haven’t played with them yet. I did see an Instagram post that Hero Arts shared, where someone used them as watercolors.

I did create a really quick card with the kit, using a background I had previously made with Distress Oxide inks and watercolor paper.

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The background was made with Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide inks. I colored the donkey with Copic markers, and added him to the card with foam tape. I stamped Fiesta Time in Versafine Onyx ink and heat embossed it with Wow Holographic Sparkle powder. I added some purple Lucy’s Cards jewels to finish it off (and cover a spot where I smeared black ink). The card base is MFT’s Boysenberry.

That’s my quick post for today. Hope you had a great weekend, and talk to you again soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 

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Hero Arts My Monthly Hero March 2018 Unboxing

Hello and welcome back! I wanted to write a quick post to share my unboxing of this month’s Hero Arts kit. I apologize for the poor pictures, the mail arrived late and I had to use the crappy lighting in my craft space.

First off, here is the official list of the kit’s contents:

MARCH KIT INCLUDES:

► – 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set

► – 4 Fancy Word Dies

► – 7 Fancy Shape Dies

► – 4 8.5″ x 5.5″ Sheets Basic Kraft Cardstock (80 lb cover)

► – 4 8.5″ x 5.5″ Sheets Basic White Cardstock (80 lb cover)

► – 4 8.5″ x 5.5″ Sheets Basic Black Cardstock (80 lb cover)

► – Sparkly Sequins 1.5 oz

► – Silver Sparkle Embossing Powder 0.5 oz

► – Unicorn White Ink Cube

Here is the box:

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The kit includes several sheets of standard black, white and kraft cardstock. It also has a gorgeous Sparkly Silver embossing powder, and my new favorite sequins mix! Check it out:

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I love the stars, and the velum like sequins!

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The script work dies truly are beautiful! The have a little something extra that makes them stand out. I love the little tag die. Its the perfect size!

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Look at that huge stamp set! I love the little decorative images too, like the coffee mug and could.

So, of course I made a card. Well, really I had already made a couple of cards. The only issue was I was struggling to add sentiments to them. I was just playing around one night with left over die cuts and backgrounds, and put three cards together, no real plan. Then they just sat there…waiting for me to finish them. I was toying with the idea of not adding any sentiments. Then I saw this kit and figure if there was any way I could figure out sentiments, it would be with this.

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This first card is all Hero Arts. The background was from when I was smooshing Distress Oxide inks. This one is Tattered Rose and Hickory Smoke. I added the white spray from a previous kit. I used the same spray on the eggs. I added a strip of vellum to anchor the nest and tucked the eggs inside.

The sentiment was gold glitter cardstock layered on pink three times. I finished it off with gold confetti sequins.

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For this card, I used Concord and 9th’s Polkadot stamp, with Delicata Shimmery Pink. I added the Altenew Build a Rose flowers and leaves with foam tape. The sentiment on this card was cut out of MFT’s Silver Sparkle cardstock and three layers of Gina K Design’s Moonlit Fog. I added Wink of Stella to the flowers and leaves, and some Bubblegum Blush Nuvo Drops. The card base is Gina K Design’s Passionate Pink.

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This card is another Distress Oxide ink smooshing background, with Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose and Hickory Smoke. I used Simon Says Stamp’s Wonky Rectangle dies to cut out the panel. I added the leaves with double sided adhesive, and the rose with foam tape. The sentiment was layered the same as above. Silver Moondust Nuvo Glitter drops to accent the card.

I had a lot of fun making the cards, just playing around for fun. I think the scripty font of these dies add the perfect touch to them. They are just delicate enough not to over power the images, even layered over the flower like the second card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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Hero Art My Month Hero February 2018 Unboxing

Happy Valentines Day and welcome back! Today I am sharing the unboxing of the February 2018 My Monthly Hero kit.

Here is what was included in the kit:

FEBRUARY KIT INCLUDES:

► – 6″ x 8″ Clear stamp set

► – 24 Coordinating dies

► – 3 Ink cubes (Nest, Robin’s Egg, Feather)

► – 2 5½” x 8½” sheets Stone woodgrain cardstock (111 lb. cover)

► – 2 5½” x 8½” sheets Bubinga woodgrain cardstock (111 lb. cover)

► – 2 Mini grapevine wreaths

LIMITED TIME ONLY! Once this product sells out, it will no longer be available. Quantity limited to two kits per household. Kit shipping begins February 9th!

With all of the goodies packed into this kit, it’s an incredible value at $34.99. (Contents add up to $80 if bought separately.)

As of this post, the kit is still available.

Let’s open that box!

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That is a peek of the 2018 Catalog underneath the good stuff!

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A closer look at the catalog.

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Stamps and dies on the left, cardstock, ink and birds nest on the right.

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Here is a closer look at the stamps and dies. There are some awesome sentiments in this kit. I like “Chirping for you,” and “Spread Your Wings.” “You Are One Cool Chick,” is great too!

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The woodgrain cardstock and inks. I haven’t swatched the inks yet, but they look pretty.

I’m struggling a bit with this kit, as I’m not really a bird person.  But, I did have one idea I was able to knock out pretty quickly.

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My plan was to stamp the feathers, and use the die cut heart piece on a separate card, but I liked how it looked, keeping it together. I used Altenew ink for the feathers (Rose Quartz, Sunkissed, Buttercream, Minty Mint, Dew Drop, Sea Breeze  and Lavender Fields). For the bird and sentiment, I stamped it with Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I added some Lucy’s Cards Jewels in matching colors. I added the panel with fun foam to a Snow Cone card base.

This card was quick and fun to put together. I think I will be using the feathers more then the birds,  but I like the Hitchcock feel of the birds and the fonts.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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Hero Arts January My Monthly Hero Unboxing

Woot, we all made it to Friday! Congratulations! I plan to celebrate by sharing all the goodies in this month’s My Monthly Hero kit with you. As of 1/18/18 there are still kits available for sale.

This is the official kit list:

JANUARY KIT INCLUDES:

► – 4″ x 6″ Layered on Love Clear Stamp Set

► – 4 Coordinating dies

► – 4 ink cubes (Passion Flower, Navy, Red Royal and Mulled Wine)

► – 2 5″x7″ Shizen decorative paper

► – 1 5.5″x8.5″ Stardream Coral Cardstock

► – 1 5.5″x8.5″ Stardream Rose Quartz Cardstock

► – 1 5.5″x8.5″ Stardream Kunzite Cardstock

► – Heart Sequins Mix 1.5 oz

► – Pink Prisma Embossing Powder 0.5 oz

Lets unbox this baby!

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This month I added an “extra,” item to my order, the Window on Love Confetti Fancy Die. You can see it here, on top. I already created something with it, which you’ll see at the end of the post.

Underneath the die is the thank you card from Hero Arts, and some pink pearl embellishments.

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Next, we get into the kit,. I love that pink tissue paper!

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The stamps and dies are on the left, papers, inks, embossing powered and sequins on the right. That paper is gorgeous!

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I have to mention, the paper smells funny. I think it is because the patterned paper is almost like a fabric. Its really soft. But, look at those vibrant colors. And the embossing powder, it’s sparkly!!! I’ll have to use it this weekend to see what the effect is.

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The word Love and the ampersand are layering stamps. When you stamp the two layers together, it’s gorgeous! It has the look of really old calligraphy or illuminated letters. Especially if you emboss the decorative layer. I can’t way to play around with this!

I’m not sure how easy it will be to do something “original,” but some of the examples the design team shared were too lovely not to CAS.

As I mentioned, I did play around with the Fancy Die. I didn’t make a complete card, but I started one. It took me a couple our hours to piece this together, and I still had to write this post, and all on a “school night.” Actually, I was getting tired, and I made myself stop before I messed up all my hard work!

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I die cut the Fancy Die from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, MFT Silver Sparkle and Cotton Candy Sparkle cardstocks. I originally tried stamping the large “Love,” from the kit on vellum, and wrapping it around the middle, but it was too big. I think I am going to stamp some of the small sentiments from the kit, maybe “sending love,” on small sentiment strips and adhere them with foam tape. I really want to die cut the word “Love,” from a Simon Says Stamps set I have, but I want to make the first card using all Hero Arts items. I can mix and match later. And, I do still have the Silver and Cotton Candy Sparkle frame pieces left to play with.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend! I have so many new products to play with, I may not even leave the house.

Nicole