Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hero Arts / My Monthly Hero September Blog Hop

Sunflower MMH 

Hello and Welcome!  I am so excited to be a part of the My Monthly Hero Blog Hop again this month!  Hero Arts has always been a favorite company of mine since I began stamping so to create again with one of the My Monthly Hero Kits was such an honor!  

This month's kit has some amazing fall themed sets and dies, including a Sunflower and Pumpkin set!  Being from Kansas, this set is my favorite from the kit!  The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday June 9. You can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!  The kit value is over $70......but only costs $34.99.  Once this kit is gone, it's gone!


There is SO much to offer this month, I could only just scratch the surface with this kit and the add-ons!  But I am starting out with the stamp set that makes up the core kit, the sunflowers and pumpkins!  

I started by stamping the Vine Pattern Bold Prints Stamp in a kraft color of ink onto a kraft card panel for a tone on tone look (Versamark would have done something similar but not as dark).  I cut a standard 3" circle from the center and adhered to a white top folding notecard.  Next, I stamped all the layers of the sunflowers/stalks and die cut using the coordinating dies.  To the centers of the sunflowers, I actually stamped them a second time with the last step using Versamark and clear heat embossing to make the centers appear darker!  After curving my sentiments just right on my acrylic block, I stamped them rounding the circle in black ink.  A twine bow and a few yellow sequins finish this off!

Sunflower MMH2

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Leaves MMH 

My second card went a different direction than when I started but I love the result.  I had planned on doing a white on white panel using these AMAZING Autumn Icons Fancy Dies for a faux embossing technique but I just thought they needed color after arranging them on the panel.  So out came my Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, and Gathered Twigs.  I smooshed these colors on an acrylic sheet and spritzed them with water.  Then I simply picked up the leaves and dipped them in the various colors.  I did not use watercolor paper as this technique was an after thought.  The subtle fall colors were just what I was going for!  I laid them all aside to dry completely.  Once dry, I used spray adhesive to adhere them to my white panel.  A simple white heat embossed sentiment from Color Layering Thanksgiving stamp set was added to a strip of kraft cardstock and adhered.  Simple!

Leaves MMH2 


Here's the full blog hop list:



**GIVEAWAY**
What's a blog hop without a giveaway?  We are giving away one kit to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (We will reimburse them if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Sunday, June 11 at 11:59pm EST, and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts Blog.  Hero Arts will reimburse if the winner already bought the kit!

Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me!

133 comments:

Christine Bush said...

Lovely cards. I love seeing the ideas for this kit. TFS.

Karthikha said...

Very pretty cards! Love the fall feel to them!

Dee Earnshaw said...

gorgeous cards - love them both -thanks for the inspiration:)

Cindy C. said...

Both so beautiful, I especially like the second one!!

Karen said...

I love the subtle colors on the leaves. I haven't done that technique in a while. This kit is a must have!

SkyPixie17 said...

Love the delicately colored outlines! Gorgeous!

Martha Herrera said...

Oh WOW... just gorgeous!
Thanks so much for sharing.

JimandPeg Zeleznik said...

Just love your smooshed leaf card--so pretty and just right for fall! Thanks so much for sharing both cards! (Peg)

dligon said...

So cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

mtscrapgal said...

Terrific cards, Amy. This kit is fantastic and you showed us so many ways to use it. Thanks

~amy~ said...

Yay Amy!!!!! Your cards are beautiful!!!

Distracted said...

Your cards are gorgeous, but those distress inked dies are totally. Singing' to me!

Lindar C said...

I really like the result on your "smooching" card. I am going to try it.

aasheeta said...

Love your leaf die cut card!

Kaypossum said...

Love Sunflowers - This kit is a must

Melissa said...

Gorgeous cards! The way you stamped the background of the first one is just the perfect level of subtle.

Beverly said...

Beautiful cards! I especially like the sunflowers against the circle background!

Bobbie Bluegill said...

Love that second card with the subtle, "dipped", watercolor. It makes me want the Sept. kit even more.

lavikina said...

I love the inlayed leaves!

Talitha Wright said...

Your sunflowers are so realistic! Great coloring job. Thanks.

judy said...

I especially love your beautiful sunflower card--the perfect design to show off that lovely flower.

Barb said...

Love the cards!

Stef Perry said...

Both cards are so lovely, but I really like the effect you achieved with the die cut leaves on the 2nd card. Great inspiration!

Debra Rumpza said...

Gorgeous cards!

Sabrina said...

Very beautiful cards!!

Pam Pam said...

Autumn icons is so neat!

jag said...

Love your cards. This set is great for fall.

Karen Howard said...

I like what you did with the Autumn Icon Dies. Now they are a must have.

sharrilou said...

Beautiful cards. Love the color addition to the faux embossed card.

Debbie B said...

Such pretty cards! I love that the ginko leaf is included with those Fall leaves! I love everything about Fall, especially the colors! Another awesome release by Hero Arts! This company rocks!

Good Kardma by Jules said...

Beautiful cards! Love the centers of your sunflowers. Thank you for the chance to win this great kit!

Sue LD said...

Lovely cards. My fave is the first one with the sunflowers.

Cathy Hughes said...

I love how you did the center of the sunflower.

Scraplea 1 said...

Love both of your cards! That second one looks amazing with the white pieces dipped in color then added on white background. Thanks for sharing!!

Colleen Howell said...

Very pretty

Robin Platt said...

Wonderful cards. Thanks for demonstrating a great what use the add on.

lritchie said...

Lovely sunflower card, so nice and sunny! Love the new autumn icon dies, just gorgeous!TFS!

DancesWithHooves said...

So very lovely!!!

Caitlin said...

Beautiful cards!

Steph B said...

I just love your cards! the sunflower one is especially gorgeous.

Roberta said...

Love seeing the different presentations of this months kit and add ons. Thank you for sharing yours. Love the color choices.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Gorgeous work with this new release!

Colleen said...

It's a great new release and your cards make it look even better. Love the cards.

jane said...

What pretty fall cards.

Suzan D. said...

Great cards. Love the smooshing.

Mary Miller said...

Great cards. I can't wait to get my kit.

Joy Meadows said...

Simply beautiful cards, Amy! Love them both. the kit is fabulous, as usual.

Stacey Kowbel said...

Beautiful cards!

Lori Wisneski-Wenger said...

This has to be my most favorite of the year! Beautiful inspiration!

Barb Gallagher said...

Both cards are lovely. I especially like how you used the dies on the multi-colored cardstock. It looks very clean, simple and elegant. Thanks for sharing!

Sandy Small said...

I really love your autumn die card, with the soft fall colors.

Barbara said...

Both cards are really lovely! :)

Cindy Thick said...

Love the sunflower card. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

Laurie M. said...

Beautiful cards. The sun flower is so bright and cheery. Thanks for sharing.

Betty Keefe said...

love love those autumn icon dies - a "must have" for me - your card is lovely!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

I like thosebdie cuts!

Helen Budz said...

Love what you did with coloring these die cuts, Amy. The subtle coloring against the white is perfect. Thanks for sharing this on the blog hop. This die cut set is going on my wish list.

brenda said...

Your cards are so pretty and I really love the last one!

Donna Baker said...

Love the Fall cards , the sunflower says Autumn to me.

Renae Fuller said...

Both cards are great. I really like the first one. Thank you for sharing!

JmB said...

These cards are lovely. The ink smoothing on such open die cuts turned out great. I'll have to try that. Thank you for sharing.

C Gray said...

Very nice card.

Jeanne Beam said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing....

Pam D. said...

Great cards! Your sunflowers are amazing, I love the sentiments curved.

Abby said...

Love the autumn dies! Great look.

Carrie said...

Love the background stamp on the second card

Patty said...

Two beautiful cards!! Sending you sunshine is my favorite!!

Tracy A said...

Love the sunflower card. The really like how you colored the autumn icons.

Sherry Olson said...

The add ons this month are awesome

Becky Moore said...

These cards are beautiful! What a terrific kit!

Patt H. said...

Those sunflowers are wonderful & the die cut leaves really speak fall to me. Love the subtle colors on the leaves!

Heidi Johnson said...

Wonderful ideas for this kit! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Diane M said...

Really lovely cards.

Nives K said...

Nice cards.

Marty Fishman said...

Your cards are so pretty, especially love the sunflower card! The sunflower and pumpkin stamps are also my favorite from the kit and are so versatile. I love the vine background stamp and embossing your seed heads was a great idea to make them more realistic. Thanks for sharing!

Teri W said...

Both lovely cards! Can't wait to get my kit!

Linda T. said...

These cards are absolutely beautiful! I love fall and this release!

Brenda in IN said...

Great sunflower card. Your second card is my favorite. Very abstract and artsy.

Gail said...

Such lovely creations - I love love the sunflower!! TFS

Rachel Walton said...

Two beautiful cards.

Rebecca Yoder said...

The sunflower card is beautiful - love how you curved the sentiment. But those leaves - Oh My! Lovely!

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

Your cards are so pretty! Love the stamps.

Rosemary said...

beautiful cards!!

Pamela Schexnayder said...

Very pretty.

Beejay said...

Lovely cards! Thanks for the inspiration! I can't wait to get inky!

Angie Wylie said...

Love your cards--you have given me such inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the subtle coloring
on the second card.
the sunflowers are great.
thanks for sharing.

Rema said...

Lovely cards Amy!

Sue Denoncour said...

I am really liking this kit! Love both of your cards; the designs and colors are gorgeous. TFS!!

Carol Henderson said...

Love your cards, especially the sunflowers. Both cards make me realize that Autumn is soon upon us even though it is still in the high 90's here in Montana.

Lonya Mathys said...

Your cards are lovely. I hadn't even considered that background stamp so thanks for the inspiration.

craftyd said...

Gorgeous cards, I really love the sunflower one but great technique on the other one.

Dolores

Purple Princess said...

Beautiful card! Great kit!

Arianna Barbara said...

Oh my!!! Love your stunning sunflowers and the beautiful colors of your cards!!! Great kit!!!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the variety from the sunny colored sunflowers & the background of your card.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Geri Stuart said...

Beautiful cards and great ideas, Thanks!

Kleri F said...

Lovely cards!The second is my favorite!tfs

Golda said...

What fun dies and a great way to put them to use!

Marjorie DUMONTlER said...

Beautiful job ! Those sunflowers are really great.

Rena Jane said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards and ideas with us! This looks like such a fun kit, I can't wait until it shows up in my mailbox...🙂

mendo.dre said...

I love your use of the autumn icons. This is a great set of images.

Stampin_melissa said...

Wonderful cards, I especially love that sunflower!

Monica Croteau said...

Love the Sunflowers! Such a pretty card design. Thanks for the inspiration!

Penny Whitlock said...

Love your cards. Thanks so much for sharing.

Linda said...

Gorgeous, I want to cas the Sunflower card

Pennie Glasser said...

Beautiful cards!

Miriam Prantner said...

Those sunflowers look fabulous and I really love how you used the die cuts on the second card!

Greta said...

Beautiful kit & beautiful cards! I especially love the look of the second one--NEED to get those dies!

rparkcar said...

That is such a cool background stamp

Joyce said...

I loved how you used the dies. Didn't see those

Windy said...

Beautiful cards. I especially like how you colored the die cuts.

Denise Bryant said...

These are both beautiful! Love the sunflowers and the die cuts!

Melissa Friedrich said...

Gorgeous cards, I especially love the autumn icon one!

Daryl Wong said...

Thank you Hero Arts! Cool bundle

Leena Björk said...

Really beautiful cards.

Ann Eslinger said...

The autumn icon fancy dies are what caught my eye in this release. Thanks for showing them off!

Janet said...

Loveliness 💓

Terri Fain said...

I love the card with the cut out leaves...very pretty

Katy Glenn said...

Love sunflowers. The card is gorgeous. This release is fantastic.

Martha Berry said...

Both cards are just great, but I want to try the smooshing technique with the die cut icons. It gives the card a very clean look, but adds lots of color and dimension.

Kathy Mc said...

Amy, your white circle really makes the sunflowers pop, and the vine pattern background on Kraft really adds to the design. Your ink smooshed leaves and acorns look awesome on your thank you card.

Brandy Duncan said...

Lovely cards. I especially love the one with the autumn die add-on. I had to go back and buy it. Thanks for sharing.

Dawn Jones said...

I live how you showed off these beautiful dies. Sometimes we forget that a simple cut out is more impressive than the colors we add.

Karen L K said...

Wow both of your cards are very nice! I like the vine background on the kraft and of course the sunflower. Seeing those leaves like you did them really makes me want to get them soon!

Ann Kowalczyk said...

This kit just goes so well with kraft paper... very nice!

Janette said...

Gorgeous cards! Absolutely love this kit and add-ons.

Lisa A creations said...

Cute cards! I just wanted to let you know that your blog post says we must comment by June 11th instead of September 11. :)

Karenajo said...

Great sunflower card and love the coloring you did on the elements for the second card - that was the perfect touch and really sets them off ! Thanks for sharing !

Althea said...

Gorgeous autumn cards! Great inspiration.

Stefanie White said...

Such pretty cards! Love everything you do!

Raven Magill said...

These are beautiful cards. I especially love the effect you got with the autumn leaves in the second example.

Judie said...

Super gorgeous creations!!!

Angela Walters said...

Your sunflowers are so pretty! I especially love that you used the stamps from the kit along with the add-ons. Both of your cards are beautiful.

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