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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:


► – 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.


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


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.


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


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


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!

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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:


► – 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.


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!


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.


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.


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!



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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:


► – 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:





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:


I love the stars, and the velum like sequins!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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:


► – 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!


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


A closer look at the catalog.


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


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!


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.


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.

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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:


► – 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!


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.


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


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


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.



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!


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.


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Hero Arts December Kit Unboxing

Happy Tuesday! Some happy mail arrived at Curlesue Cards headquarters yesterday.


► – 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set

► – 12 Coordinating Frame Cuts Dies

► – 1 Fancy Window Die

► – 5 ink cubes (Exclusive colors only available in this kit – Sapphire, Teal Topaz, Pink Tourmaline, Ruby, Tiger’s Eye)

► – 5.25″ x 6.5″ Stencil

► – Assortment of glitter stickers

Let’s take a look at the My Monthly Hero December kit!

There were some pink pearl gems and green crystal gems right on top. At first I thought maybe they were a bonus item, but I think they are part of the assorted glitter stickers.

These are the two bundles in the kit.

The stamps and dies are on the left, inks, stencil and stickers on the right (those ink colors are gorgeous and the cubes are always really juicy).

Here is a closer look at the stamps. I wasn’t really inspired when I saw pictures of the kit online, but a couple of card ideas came to me while I was unpacking it and taking pictures for this post.

I really love the stencil too! That’s a gorgeous pattern and would look great with some embellishment mousse! I’m not a big sticker person, so I’ll probably give those to a friend.

That’s the MMH December kit! As I mentioned, I wasn’t really inspired until I was holding it in my hands. But those lantern stamps sparked an idea. In fact, I sat down and made the card, when I should have been writing this post.

It was dark when I finished it, and the Glossy Accent is still wet, but here you go. I stamped the three different lantern shapes with Hero Arts Intense Black ink (and add on item that was also in the box). Then I stamped the chains coming from the lanterns in Delicata Silver ink. The sentiment was stamped in Altenew Jet Black ink.

I colored the lanterns with Copic markers and added the Altenew Our Family Framed cut out of MFT Gold Foil cardstock and adhered with foam tape. The card base is MFT Wild Cherry. I added Glossy Accent to the glass parts of the lanterns.

I think I will add some gems to it. My daughter thinks I should leave it, but it just seems like it’s missing something. I have a couple more card designs in mind. I’ll share them on Instagram as I make them.

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Hero Arts November 2017 Kit-Unboxing

Welcome back! I wanted to write a quick post to share the new My Monthly Hero kit with you! This kit is full to the brim with Christmas goodness, especially if you like to make tags!

This is what is included in the kit (sorry, it’s sold out).

►6×8 Clear Set
►4 Tag Dies
►4 Shape Dies
►60 Assorted Gift Tags (ornament, star, tree & snow flake: colored, Kraft, white)
►10 yards of red & white baker’s twine
►2 Delicata Ink Cubes (Golden Glitz + Celestial Copper)

And here is the box!

And some close-ups of the items:


Theses are the dies included in the kit. The large star, snowflake, tree and ornament all have holes at the top of the dies, so you can cut out tags. The smaller images are perfect for the sentiments.


The kit comes with several pre cut tags, in different colors.

The stamp set includes a ton of great winter sentiments! Makes me glad I was lazy and procrastinated stamping messages on the inside of most of my Christmas cards! Now I have so many more choices!


I love the “Merry Christhanukwanzivus!” I think “Happy Winter,” and “Warmest Wishes,” are great too, perfect for non-holiday winter cards. “Happy Everything,” is a great year round sentiment.

Not only are their lots of great sentiments, but also the same sentiments but in different fonts and styles (more on that below). The kit also includes “to:” and “from:” stamps as well, which are perfect for making tags!


I’ll be making my own gift tags this year, as well as tags for co-workers (I made the mistake of showing them this kit lol).

I was really excited about the ink cubes in this month’s kit.


The Delicata ink is a beautiful metallic pigment ink. It’s not meant for embossing, but rather to stamp on its own. Check out the shimmer you get from the gold!


I was so excited about this ink that I ordered cubes in Ruby Red and Silver too. I can’t wait to play with them, especially with these intricate patterned stamps.

Hero Arts always packages there kits with ribbon. This month they used twine, and included some in the kit as well.


The red and white twine was included in the kit, and the green and white was the packaging. These will be great as a finishing touch on the tags.

In addition to my normal unboxing, I wanted to take a few minutes to point out some things I noticed about the kit (besides the really cool ink).


The different styles of sentiments fit perfectly in the different die cut shapes. Here are a couple of pairings that hit me right off the bat. I thought that little circle would be too small for any sentiments, but I was wrong. The smaller scripted “cheer, Peace & Love, Enjoy, Peace and For you,” sentiments fit in the circle.

The “Love,” stamp that I have in the large ornament die fits in the small oval, just like the “Joy,” stamp. The other stamps with that font fit in the rectangle die


And, the longer sentiments like “Happy Everything,” and “Merriest Wishes,” fit into the rectangle shape. They fit nicely on the tags too!


I will admit, I wasn’t really feeling this kit at first. I’m not a big tag person. Once I got this kit in my hands, that all changed. I couldn’t sleep last night because I kept thinking about all the things I could do with it. I have some pretty cool card ideas I can tackle this weekend. I would have made something tonight, but, I lent the kit to my co-worker (Tina) so that I would write this blog post and not procrastinate again. A different co-worker decided we were going to  make cards for my boss to hand out for the Holidays. Tina lugged her die cutting machine to the office so we could use it during our lunch breaks the last two days (I brought mine in as well). As a way of saying “thanks,” I let Tina have the first shot at the MMH kit. She’s my only real life crafty friend. Even though our styles are different, it’s fun to share crafting with someone.

Anyway, that is the November My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts! If you aren’t already a subscriber, I highly recommend it. It really is a great price for everything you get ($34.99 for all this). If you subscribe, your guaranteed to get a kit, and they sell out quickly otherwise! Even the kits that I wouldn’t necessarily buy if it wasn’t part of the subscription, I still get my moneys worth with all the accessories. And, honestly, the kits do grow on me, just like this one did. You also are exposed to new products you might not have picked up on your own. In this case the Delicata ink. And if you read the previous blog post, you know how much I love the ink mist from the Celestial kit!

Stay tuned to the blog for an upcoming post with projects made using this kit. I can’t wait to play with it, once (if lol) I get it back. Keep an eye on my Instagram as well, you might get a peek at the cards there before they make it to the blog.

Thanks for stopping by!