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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

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Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge – Use Patterned Paper

Happy Wednesday! Today I have a new card to share with you. This card was made for Simon Say’s Stamps Wednesday Challenge. The challenge this week is to use patterned paper. The company showcased this week is Doodlebug Products.

I don’t have any Doodblebug Products, and patterned paper is not my favorite, but at least I have some!

Here is my card:

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I used the new Hero Arts stamp set, Layered Topiary Stamp & Cut set I picked up last weekend, at the preview. I knew I wanted to try this set with some non traditional colors, and I seem to be on a Delicata Shimmer ink kick (you’ll see later this week). I used the Pink and Silver, as well as Altenew’s Pink Diamond for the topiary layers. I used Altenew Bamboo ink for the trunk, and shimmery Pink again for the pot.

Check out the shimmer:

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The sentiment is from Hero Art’s Bloom, and I stamped it with Versamark ink and embossed it with the Hero Arts silver powder. I layered the topiary on a MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangles. I matted the stitched panel with some silver patterned paper from the Hero Arts MMH August 2017 kit. It’s hard to see, but it’s almost like a fabric, with silver glitter designs on it. The card base is Gina K. Design’s Moonlit Fog and Rose Pink jewels from Lucy’s Cards finish off the card.

I had a lot of fun putting this card together. Even though it’s not conventional, I like the pink and silver shimmer ink and the splash of green on the trunk I actually made several of the heart leave parts, for a different idea.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 

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MFT Haul

Hello and happy weekend! Sorry, I didn’t have a post for you yesterday. I’m still taking it easy. However, my MFT order arrived and I made a quick card last night.

Look at all that MFT goodness! I mentioned everything I ordered in my post from Wednesday. I decided to grab the Hearts in A Row Vertical die and one of my alcohol ink panels and put together a quick card.

The sentiment is from the From The Heart Stamp set and I love it! I made this card to share as a thank you for reaching 300 followers on Instagram and the sentiment is perfect! I added some Iridescent Jewels from Lucy’s Things to accent the hearts.

I hope I get the chance to make a few more cards this weekend, so I can share them with you. I’m going to try to participate in the usual challenges with Simon Says Stamps and MFT. Keep your fingers crossed!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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More Amazing Releases- MFT & Concord and 9th

Sorry for spamming you with post, but I really wanted to share a couple of additional releases with you. If my budget is suffering, then everyone should suffer!

Let’s talk about MFT’s January release first! This release is full of great valentines products! Here is their release blog post.

Confession: I am not a big heart person. There, I said it. However, there were still some great items that caught my eye.

I snapped up the Hearts in a Row vertical dies (the horizontal set is great too, but I tend to stick with vertical cards). I really like these sets because they include dies for thin sentiment strips!!! I can’t cut a straight line for a tiny sentiment to save my life. I’ve tried all sorts of cutting tools, it just doesn’t work. This set has both regular strips and fishtail strips. Awesome!

Another item I picked up was the From the Heart sentiment stamp set. There are so many sentiment in this set, you really get your money’s worth. These sentiments are great for other occasions too, not just Valentine’s Day. And the sentiments fit on the strips included in the Hearts in A Row die sets.

I had to get the Stitched Star Peekaboo Window die. This die cuts out a stitched star shape window which fits MFT’s Star Shaker pouches. It’s a great price and adds another option for creating shaker windows.

The last items I picked up are super cute and innovative. Not to mention tie in with MFT’s Free with $60 purchase die. It’s the Heart Maze Shapes!! Here is a card I made with the Circle mazes.

Can you imagine a heart shaped maze?!? These mazes fit perfectly into the Heart Shaped Shaker pouches. I grabbed both the white and the Wild Cherry options . The free with $60 die is the Stitched Heart Peekaboo Window, which fits the Heart Shaker pouches. Win-win! This die is only available while supplies last, but they usually offer the free with $60 die for sale the following month.

There are so many more great products I didn’t mention. Tons of cute stamp sets, a marble background stamp (already sold out) and so much more! Check it out!

Ok, now for Concord and 9th. This release has some great, innovative items as well. I did a lot of damage here and didn’t even make a dent in my wish list! Here is the link to the store and the new release.

This post is really long already, and I’m typing on my lunch break, so I’m only sharing the items I grabbed.

Let’s start with the gorgeous Monogram Collection. These are large stamps, one for each letter of the alphabet as well as a heart and ampersand. These are very similar to their Blooms Fill in background Stamp. The stamp fills in large square, leaving the area for the letter as well as some flower shapes blank. Small flower stamps are included to fill in the blank spaces. There are also sentiments to go with the letter. I grabbed the heart and the ampersand. The full alphabet would be great for party banners. There is a coordinating die set that I grabbed too (not one for each letter, but one die set that works for all of the collection). I really recommend checking out their site, I cannot do the stamps justice by describing them and I didn’t want to insert a possibly copyrighted photo.

I also ordered the Hearts & Love die set. This set cuts out a thin script word Love, as well as the shadow AND an outline of the shadow! They have this style of die in other words, and in this case I can show you the word lucky. Below I used the shadow with vellum and the thin part is glitter paper. I did not use the shadow outline here.

C&9th offers a free item with purchase of $60 or more as well, and this release is a stamp set called Love & Hugs. This is a small sentiment set but what really caught my eye was that it partners nicely with the Many Thanks dies. It also includes a pretty good size sentiment that says “Love & Hugs,” as well as some small heart stamps.

One item I didn’t get but was extremely tempted by was the Just Because Stamps and matching dies. I really like the foliage dies and could see them working for so many different projects! There is also a Heart Turnabout Stamp with tiny hearts, which is super cute! I just got the similar Polkadot Turnabout and haven’t had the chance to use it.

Ok, that was a lot of information but I think worth sharing! Please check out these releases they are amazing!! I will share what I make once my hauls come in.

Oh, honorable mention! CZ Designs just released the cutest stamp set called Heart Throb through Simon Says Stamps! It’s adorable!! I’m a big fan of Cathy and her designs. Especially her Sassy Sentiments.

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!

Nicole

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Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge -Something New

Hello! Happy Wednesday! Just a quick post from my phone today. I’m still not struggling with back issues, but I had to share this challenge and card as it’s not your ordinary challenge card.

As I mentioned in the title, the theme is Something New. This could be a new baby card, new house, or use crafty items that are new to you.

The company featured this week is Hero Arts. It just so happens that Hero Arts shipped a small selection of their new products for 2018 to a handful of stores early!!!! You can’t much newer than never before seen! Check out the hashtag #heroartsshopbox2018 to see all the post.

My stubbornness won out over my back pain this past week, and I drove about 49 miles to the closet store (Hero Arts has a list on their blog). I purchased a Stamp and Cut set, along with a set of quirky sentiments.

Sorry the pictures aren’t great, I was fighting the glare.

I used the topiary set to make a quick card.

I used Tumbled Glass Distress ink to add color to the inside of the square window (MFT Square Peekaboo Window). I stamped the leaves in three different green Altenew ink colors (Olive, Moss and Frayed Leaves).

The pot and root were stamped in Hero Arts Intense Black ink and colored with Copic Markers. The sentiment was stamped with Altenew Jet Black ink, as was the bird. I die cut all the pieces and adhered them with foam tape.

Some iridescent jewels were added, and a MFT Sno Cone card base was used.

I love how the topiary is “layered,” giving it more interest. I also think the heart shape is cute. I’m thinking about trying it with shades of pink, as a valentine card.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, there are so many incredible releases this week! Concord and 9th’s release yesterday was gorgeous! I definitely picked up a couple of items. Same with MFT! And, the layered flowers dies from Altenew!!! My budget and I are no longer speaking. I encourage you to check them all out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Anything Goes

Welcome back! Today we are taking a look at the SSS Wednesday Challenge. This week it is Anything goes, which is one of my favorites! The product focus is Lawn Fawn (also a favorite).

First off, I would like to send a thank you out to Lawn Fawn! They offer a free birthday gift with purchase if you sign up at their website. The image below is from the email that Lawn Fawn sent me. Isn’t the Panda adorable? I couldn’t pass that up!

Not only did they send me the Panda, but they also sent me some patterned paper with my order, as well as a cute Birthday Note.

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You may have noticed, I don’t use a lot of patterned paper. I love to buy it, but I have a hard time using it. I lean more towards clean and simple cards. Since this challenge was “Anything Goes,” I decided to add a bit of a challenge myself, and force myself to use some of the patterned paper I had received. Actually, I decided to see if I could make this card 100% Lawn Fawn!

Since I almost always use a Simon Says Stamps Stitched Rectangle die to make my card panels, I had to get creative. I received Lawn Fawn’s Valentines Borders in my Crafters for a Cause box, so I tried some of those out. I ended up using the scallop border die to trim down one of the pieces of Lawn Fawn Pattered paper.

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I used LF’s “Say Cheese Again,” to cut the photo frame, and again so I could cut the background square from a watercolor panel I had made ages ago (Gansai Tambi Pearlescent watercolors).

The Dinosaur is from LF’s “Rawr,” set and the Panda is from “Party Panda.” Both were stamped with Hero Arts Intense Black ink and colored with Copic markers. I went back over the black on the Panda with my Black Soot Distress Marker to darken him up. Once I was done coloring them, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. I also used Simply White Nuvo drops on the Panda’s eyes, with a dot of gel pen in the middle.

I tucked the Dinosaur and Panda into the photo frame, and adhered the photo to the patterned paper background with fun foam. I used my Kyoko Long Dot Runner to adhered the patterned paper to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 100 lb. card base. The sentiments from “Rawr,” were stamped on the bottom of the photo piece with Altenew Jet Black ink.

This card came together pretty quickly once I settled on the patterned paper. Using the Photo die cut helps make a focal point too. It comes in handy when you don’t want to build a big scene. I do think the sky section is a bit empty, but not quiet sure what to do there.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

 

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Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge

It’s Friyay! Welcome back. Today I’m trying out a new card challenge, Where Creativity Meets C9!

Where Creativity Meets C9 host a challenge every month. This month challenge #16 is Anything Goes! 

I decided to use some of the products I had just received from their new, December release. The Stuck on You set is so cute!

Here is my card:

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I stamped the two pots and cacti with Versafine Black Onyx ink, and heat embossed them in clear powder. I did this so that I could water color the images, with my Distress Markers. I used Forest Moss for the cactus on the left, with Peacock Feathers for the pot. Mowed Lawn was used on the right, with Shaded Lilac and Seedless Preserves on the pot. Picked Raspberry makes an appearance on the flower.

The sentiment was also stamped in Versafine ink, and embossed with Wow’s Hologram powder. Check out the rainbow effect you get from the powder!

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The card base is Blue Raspberry from Gina K, and I used fun foam to add dimension.

I had a lot of fun with this new set. It has some really large succulent images as well as the smaller ones, and some fun sentiments!

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I can’t wait to play with this set some more, along with the Polka-Dot Turnabout I grabbed. I’m going to write a new post about Concord and 9th’s Turnabout stamps, now that I have picked up some more.

Thanks for stopping by, and hanging out with this new challenge!

Nicole