September My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi friends! So I must have done something right last month, because Hero Arts invited me back for this month's September My Monthly Hero Release Hop! Hooray! You're in for such a  treat as this amazingly talented list of designers share their products with this month's gorgeous main kit and all the FABULOUS add-ons release! Seriously, I've made 7 cards already and there are so many more ideas just waiting to jump out onto paper! Plus there's an awesome giveaway! You could win the September main kit by hopping along and giving a shout out in the comments to each of these amazing artists. The giveaway closes Sunday, September 9th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts Blog.
If you're just popping in, the hop started over on the Hero Arts Blog. If you've been hopping along already,  you should have arrived from the oh-so-fabulous Nichol Spohr's blog. Now, let's get to the business of creativity!  Warning... this one's another long post, so I hope you've got a cup of something yummy to sip as you peek in at what I've created. Cheers! 


If you've followed me for awhile, you probably know that fall is my favorite time of year. Full of beauty, vibrant colors, a return to livable temperatures, and a sweet (much appreciated) reprieve from the cacophony of kids home from summer break! {happy sigh} I just couldn't wait to ink up the beautiful leaves and branches in this kit. I mean, this kit is an autumn loving papercrafter's dream. am I right? Complete with a fall dot palette of Daniel Smith watercolors, what's not to love?

Hero Arts September MMH Kit - available while supplies last!

For my card, I stamped the maple branches on watercolor paper in Hero Arts Intense Black. I love how this ink works with watercolor! I then used the tester palette from the kit as well as some drops of the orange liquid watercolor from this month's add-ons and the cocoa liquid watercolor to color the leaves, the single maple leaf and the leafy sprig. The leaf and sprigs are cut with coordinating frame cuts.


To add a bit of sparkle, I added a little crystal clear lacquer to the leaves and sprinkled with glitter.  For my backdrop, I cut down a 4 x 6 Amber Moon notecard and layered a piece of text paper, then sponged everything with antique linen, gathered twigs and early espresso distress oxides.  The happy autumn sentiment is embossed in gold and I added espresso mats, some gold thread and distressed edges to finish things off.


My next card was inspired by the beautiful Ornate Floral Stencil add-on. Inking this with distress oxides in mustard seed, spiced marmalade and ripe persimmon produced just the backdrop I was looking for for a beautiful vase of flowers. I embossed the vase in gold, then watercolored with orange and cocoa liquid watercolors and fussy cut, cutting a little slit in the vase to fit my stamped and cut flower stem. Aren't these branch of lantern flowers so beautiful? They are stamped in intense black and colored with arteza real brush pens and a zig wink of stella clear glitter pen.


To finish the card, I matted my stenciled panel with gold foil paper, added a strip of sparkly gold ribbon and embossed the life is full of beauty sentiment.


For my next card, I used the same vase, but a different stem of flowers. I envisioned this dark scene bursting with color to go along with the sentiment, so started the card off by cutting the fancy frame cut and oval from the kit from chipboard and then using it as a stencil to sponge hickory smoke and black soot distress oxides onto a piece of basic gray cardstock.  I love the shadowy effect and how vibrant the stamped and die cut images are against it.


To continue the theme, I blended a rainbow of color using all of the arteza real brush pens I used to color the images for a mat for the sentiment.  I tucked in a few little stamped and die cut accents to finish and added a bit of sparkle with a mixture of crystal clear lacquer and glitter.


My final card for today branches out a bit. When I saw the naked branches in this set I couldn't help but think how beautiful they would look with a dusting of snow. So I stamped and watercolored them on a prima watercolor panel and then outlined with my trusty crystal clear lacquer pen. While the lacquer was still wet, I added white puff embossing powder and embossed for a puffy covering of snow. This also did double duty of covering most of my watercoloring booboos! ๐Ÿ˜Š


The background panel is from an old Authentique Peaceful paper pad and I embossed it with the 3D lumber texture fade, then sanded to bring out more of the texture.  I added the branch out sentiment from the kit and attached a hardware clip embellished with a little bow and paper flower I watercolored to match. I think this might be a perfect new years card. New beginnings and blank slates and all.

I hope you've enjoyed my creations and gained a bit of inspiration for using your own kit! The add-ons this month are simply beautiful, as well, and I'll have more cards this week sharing my projects with them. The imagery in these sets is just amazing. Hope to see you back here again soon!
Hero Arts September Add-Ons
If you've been hopping along, CONGRATULATIONS! You made it to the end of the hop! ๐Ÿ‘Š

I'm the last stop on the hop. so now it's time to hop on over to Hero Arts and do some shopping! Be sure to check out all of the fabulous new products available from Hero today! The main kit is only available while supplies last and tends to sell out quickly. The add-ons are here to stay and will continue to be stocked. If you're loving the kits you've seen so far, consider subscribing so you never miss out on one!

And last, but not least... for a chance to win the fabulous giveaway, be sure to leave a little comment love on each of the hop spots below!


Julee Tilman (that's me)

Affiliate links are used on this blog. When you order, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you and you receive happy mail! Win, win! Thanks so much for clicking on my links to shop. ๐Ÿ’™

Hero Arts September Release Shopping Links

MH0918 My Monthly Hero Kit September...
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WB1028 Get Them All September Add-ons
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DC244 Autumn Bounty Stamp & Cut
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CM304 Autumn Moon
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DI571 Autumn Moon Frame Cuts (D)
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DI567 Cloudy Moon Fancy Die (C)
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CM303 Color Layering Red Panda
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DI570 Color Layering Red Panda Frame...
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CM302 Ink Painting Scene
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DI568 Ink Painting Scene Frame Cuts (C)
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Patterned Lanterns Bold Prints - Hero...
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CM301 Textured Leaves
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DI569 Textured Leaves Frame Cuts (E)
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Ornate Floral Stencil 6 x 6 - Hero Arts
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Orange Liquid Watercolor - Hero Arts
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PW127 Red Embossing Powder
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My Hop Projects Supply List

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Ornate Floral Stencil 6 x 6 - Hero Arts
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Orange Liquid Watercolor - Hero Arts
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PD123 Cocoa Liquid Watercolor - Hero...
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NK350 Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen -...
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PW121 White Puff - Hero Arts
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PW100 Gold Embossing Powder - Hero Arts
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AF345 Intense Black - Hero Arts
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Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress...
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Tsukineko - VersaMark Watermark Ink...
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ZIG - Memory System - Wink Of Stella...
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66 comments

  1. The leaf notes are an interesting embellishment.

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  2. Beautiful cards (especially that snowy one!) and a wonderful kit and add-ons!

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  3. Beautiful cards! Glad you were able so share a winter card in addition to the more autumn style cards!

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  4. Oh, Julee, your cards are just amazing. The colors and papers are so rich and SO YOU! Thanks for sharing your creativity and such a wonderful product!

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  5. Julee, all your cards are excellent!! I am so taken with the first one with all the layers & colours. Wow!

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  6. Beautiful set of cards! The first one is fantastic and my fav too! :)

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  7. ok. . .i didn't make it through the blog hop. . .off to shop. . .

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  8. Yay! I made it through the blog hop and the last was certainly NOT the least! I love how you used all different elements of the kit to make some really spectacular cards all different from each other! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Beautiful cards. Especially loved the "branch out" card with the puffy embossing powder on the bare branches. Inspired!

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  10. These are gorgeous! I love the vintage look of your cards! Beautiful work!

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  11. Great cards and ideas! Fall colors are my favorite, but I love your branch out card with the snow. Clever! Thanks for sharing with us on this fun blog hop.

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  12. That first card totally captured the cool feeling of fall coming in. Amazing work and this kit is incredible!

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  13. I love all of your beautiful cards but I have to say my favorite is the first! I love the tattered look of the card - that goes with the fall look so beautifully! Thanks for the great inspiration!

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  14. Julee, LOVE the Branch Out card! So beautiful. This is a great set ~ so versatile and so fun to see what each artist does with it!

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  15. These are some great fall cards! I love the first one the best, with those pretty red-orange leaves! You made them all look beautiful!

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  16. I love the little snow on the branches of your last card. Adorable.

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  17. These cards are all beautiful but the simplicity of that Winter Card Branch Out is incredible! I love CAS and you have such a beautiful style.

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  18. All of your cards are so pretty. I love the orange/yellow stenciled background!! Your last card, though, is just breathtaking!! Your style is so lovely!

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  19. Gorgeous cards--thanks for the great inspiration!!

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  20. You've done incredible work on the cards for this Sept MMH. Even thuogh using the themed sets, each card is separate in its own right. I was highly surprised when I got to the snow covered branch. The beauty of it shined through, even though you covered up all your boo-boos. lol

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  21. Thanks for the inspiration...Love the snow branch card!

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  22. Your cards are just stunning! Love your choice of colors and your card designs!

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  23. It's amazing how different & beautiful each of your cards is! Thank you for the great ideas.

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  24. Well, last but not least....Great cards...Boy, this blog hop has been so awesome. Loads of talent....and some great stories....videos...and all in all....I learned a lot..so that is a great thing....The kit is beautiful....Off to check out the website....thank you for all of your wonderful samples....big hugs

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  25. Amazing and beautiful cards from a great kit! Thanks!

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  26. Beautiful kit! Thanks for showing many ways to use it.

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  27. WOW!! Each of your cards are stunning. I LOVE the dark BG you made with the fancy die. Color me inspired. Thank you.

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  28. This is a great set. I love the second card, it's so pretty.

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  29. What a wonderful selection of cards Julee - and all beautifully made.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  30. What a great set of cards! So many gorgeous details!!

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  31. Wonderful group of cards that show off this kit with such unique and beautiful items!

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  32. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. Loved the branch out card and the use of puffy white embossing powder. Look forward to getting my kit!!

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  33. Fantastic cards! Love that first one - such a great design!

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  34. Wow!!! Fabulous cards!! Love so much their designs!!!

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  35. Love how you used the leaves... Your dimension and layering is gorgeous. Love the "branch out" card!

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  36. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous Julee, as always! And I absolutely LOVE that you turned your fall-themed kit into winter branches as well, so beautiful!!

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  37. Lovely cards! Thank you for sharing!

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  38. Every one is just lovely, but I especially like how you used the frame in gray and that pretty Chinese Lantern bursting in color!!

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  39. Love these beautiful, unique cards. The first one is my favorite -- so gorgeous.

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  40. Love all your wonderful cards - they are simply stunning!!!!

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  41. Beautiful cards! Love the backgrounds on all of them. Really like the snow branch card! So pretty! Great job!

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  42. All the cards were beautiful, but the color my world card really popped. The black background was genius!

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  43. Love these! Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  44. Gorgeous work! So glad you made time to create and shared the results!

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  45. Such gorgeous cards.
    The first one was so amazing!
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  46. Wow! All your cards are fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  47. Fall is my favorite time of year too. Love your cards.

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  48. Love your layering.
    The cards are beautiful.
    thanks for sharing
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  49. Creative use of this MMH kit. Your cards are stunning.

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  50. Each of your cards is lovely. The first is so rich with color and the layering that it stands out beautifully.

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  51. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas and cards from this fabulous kit.

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  52. I love the winter card, different (from most of the fall theme) and very pretty!

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  53. Stunning cards. Thank you for sharing.

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  54. I enjoy your layered and textured cards. Well done!

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  55. Stunning creations, Julie! Love the beautiful snowy branches & your use of the oval frame cut as a stencil is wonderful!! Thanks for all the awesome inspiration!

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  56. Beautiful cards! love the vibrantly colored lantern flowers

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  57. Awesome cards! I really like all of the detail on that first card. :)

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  58. Fantastic and wonderfully creative cards! Amazing details and designs.

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  59. Gorgeous cards, I especially love the rustic Happy Autumn!

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  60. Such a fab range of cards created with these new products. You do vintage style so well.

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  61. I love fall and this kit! You design team members amaze and inspire me every month!

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  62. Your cards are very interesting! That one with the dark background is really creative. I like that you have such different looks for each card.

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