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October My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hi friends! The first Monday of the month is definitely my most favorite Monday! That means it's time to kick-off another FABULOUS My Monthly Hero release. The October kit has a super fun retro Christmas vibe.  A fabulous collection of add-ons complements this release beautifully,  so be sure to check them all out in the shop!




If you've been hopping along, you should have arrived from Jessica Frost-Ballas' blog. Your next hop stop after this will be Kelly Latevola's blog. The entire hop list can be found later in this post.

GIVEAWAY:
Hero Arts is generously giving away a fabulous prize for a lucky commenter along the hop.  Leave a little love in the comments section for all these amazing artists and if your name is drawn you'll receive a $50 gift card to Hero ArtsEnter by Sunday, October 13th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.


For my cards today I picked a palette of purple and aqua that reminded me of the bulbs on my Grandma's Christmas tree. She loved lavender so it was no surprise to find purple on the tree! When I was young, we spent Christmas Eve at her house exchanging gifts with all the cousins, listening to Christmas carols on the record player, and eating lots of homemade goodies. Fun times. Often I'd have to stay over at my cousin's house because it would snow so hard the roads home would become impassable. We had an old car that looked just like this one, only it was white and we'd pile all the presents in the trunk and interspersed between all three of us kids in the back seat as we made the drive to Grandma's!


I started by stamping the car and presents from the October MMH kit in intens-ified black ink and then coloring with Copic makers and cutting with the coordinating dies. Next I stamped the snow and star images from the kit randomly in thistle and pool party reactive inks as a fun background.  The sentiment from the kit is stamped in black and embossed in clear.  I finished with a Snowflake Fancy Edge Die cut behind the car, then a bit of crystal clear lacquer accents on the windshield and window.





Next I moved on to a sweet & simple Christmas design.  Included in the kit is some super shiny Chrome Cardstock.  I knew I wanted to use it with the Merry Christmas Script Stamp & Cut add-on, so cut the words with the die and set aside. Isn't this font just fabulous? I then stamped one of the trees and several of the gifts from the kit and colored with Copic markers, die cutting with the coordinating dies from the main kit.


Next I pulled out what might just be my new all-time favorite background, the Line & Dot Pattern Bold Prints add-on and stamped it in pool party just on the lower portion of a panel of Arctic cardstock. I cut a thin strip of the chrome cardstock as a divider and then layered all my pieces together.




For my next card, I decided to do a little ink smooshing with pool party and thistle reactive inks on watercolor paper. Once I had smooshed my way to a background I liked, I cut the panel down to size and then stamped the new Mod Pattern Bold Prints in watermark ink and then embossed with white satin pearl embossing powder. I love the subtle texture it gives.



I then used the infinity circle dies to cut a leftover piece of the smooshed paper into a circle for my sentiment.  I shaped the rockin' around the Christmas tree sentiment from the main kit in a sort of semi circle on my MISTI and then stamped onto the circle.  I stamped, colored and cut the tree from the main kit, adding a little crystal clear lacquer accents to the bulbs.  I then matted the circle with chrome cardstock and popped the tree up over it on dimensionals.  I finished with a purple seam binding bow.



My final card for today features a couple of this month's add-ons.  The Ornament Pieces Cover Plate is so beautiful! I have lots of ideas for it, but for this one I went for a soft look. I pulled out my Gemini Jr. and Gemini Foil Press and foiled the die in gold foil onto watercolor paper.  Next I cut the die from low tack sticker paper to mask off the white parts and then blended thistle and pool party reactive inks onto different portions of the design to color the ornaments and accents in softly.



When I pulled the mask away, I just loved the result! So fun! I kind of go a  little batty with all the pieces for inlaid dies, so this is definitely my new favorite way to use these kind of dies! I popped this panel up on a foam sheet for dimension, then finished off with a sentiment from the Stylized Christmas Trees add-on set embossed in gold.


Okay,  if you're still with me, you deserve a crafty high five! ✋  I had a lot of fun creating with this month's kit and add-ons. There are so many fabulous add-ons this month that I can't wait to play with!

I hope you've enjoyed my makes and a bit of my creative process. If you're not a subscriber already, the kit is only available while supplies last, so pre-order your kit todayKit shipping begins Friday, October 11 and continues throughout the following week.

If you ARE already a subscriber, remember you can order any of this month's lovely add-ons to ship with your kit with no additional shipping fees if you place your order before Thursday. All of the add-ons are added to the Hero Arts catalog and restocked.

Here's a closer look at the October My Monthly Hero kit. I've also linked the entire release along with the supplies I used for these cards below for your convenience. Hero Arts also pulled together an Autumn Factory Bundle and a Holiday Factory Bundle at a fantastic price you might want to check out!


Kit Contents:

  • 6" x 8" Clear Stamp Set
  • 19 Coordinating Frame Cuts
  • 2 5.5" x 8.5" Sheets of Chrome Cardstock
  • 6 5.5" x 8.5" Sheets of Neon Cardstock
  • Clay Snowflake Embellishments
  • Prisma Glitter 0.5 oz.


  • And here's a look at all of this month's add-ons...
    For a chance to win the $50 Gift Certificate giveaway, leave some comments for the talented designers linked below. The full hop list is below. Next up on the hop is Kelly Latevola.  Happy hopping!


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    October My Monthly Hero Release




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    65 comments

    Verhey Family Blog said...

    Colors are gorgeous! Love the cards.

    Ellibelle said...

    Such beautiful cards. Love the designs on each and great color choices!
    Ellibelle's Corner

    Pennie said...

    Beautiful cards!

    Purple Princess said...

    I love the colors!!

    Connie said...

    Julee, I Love all of the cards you created from this month's Hero Arts Kit! Nice style and sweet colors!

    ScrappyKsue said...

    I love all your cards but especially the one with the little tree and presents. I love how you used the background stamp at the bottom. I love that stamp.

    Sandy M said...

    All of your cards are fabulous but I love the cover plate card so much. I love all of the detail and colors.

    Macimbalo said...

    Such amazing cards - love all of them and this kit is totally awesome - the images just make me smile. Love how you used all the new goodies!!!

    Mary G said...

    Just beautiful. I love the Merry Christmas card, and the ornament die card. Love the colors.

    sharon g said...

    I really like how you made your ornaments. They look wonderful.

    Cindi said...

    Thanks for sharing your creativity with so many cards!

    Josmary flores said...

    What a beautiful kit this is. All your cards are gorgeous

    Colleen said...

    Great cards but my favorite is the old timey car it is precious

    Janet D. said...

    Fabulous colors on all of your cards! Love them all!

    Leanne in Cali said...

    So fun, love the retro colors you used on these amazing cards! Thanks for sharing with us!!

    Mendy said...

    Love that thistle and pool party color choice. Great cards!!

    kcwong said...

    Lovely cards! I especially like the "ink smooshing" one!

    Janet said...

    I just love this kit! Your cards are so fun. I am loving the retro vibes. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win. :D

    vickie said...

    These cards are fantastic! Love your color combinations!

    Holly AKA KopyKat said...

    OMGosh these are all so adorable! Love them.

    Rose said...

    Love your cards with the retro feel. Thank you for sharing.

    Teri S. said...

    I totally admire all of your cards Julee. Have to say the tree & gifts on the Arctic cardstock with the silver is my favourite though. Love that colour of cardstock. I am so enjoying this release as it brings back some memories of when I was very young. Not going to reveal how many years that was. lol

    Unknown said...

    I love your color combination. These cards are all great but the one with "rockin' around the christmas tree" is amazing.

    Lisa R said...

    You deserve a high five for creating such lovely and diverse cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Carol Wortman said...

    Of all the kits that have been offered, this one seems to touch the lives of our inner child the best. Your cards were as beautiful as the memories of your grandma, car and sitting amongst presents. ♡♡

    Karen said...

    I really like the way you used the ornamental die, and the card with the car is really cute!

    MadeByMeghanK said...

    I LOVE the colors! The color and backgrounds are FAB!

    Surekha Galagoda said...

    Dear Julee
    Your cards are so lively that they are tempting me to buy some products but I just cannot decide as all the products in the release are super awesome.Blessings

    Darlene DeSario said...

    Beautiful colors lovely cards.

    kiwimeskreations said...

    Love your colours on these cards Julee - one of my favourite combinations! Wonderful cards with the contents of the new kit
    Blessings
    Maxine

    Cindy Holmes said...

    BEEEEEUUUUUUUUUTIFUL CARDS! The color combination you have for each card is just so gorgeous! And your coloring is spectacular too!

    Dawn J said...

    I love the ornament cover die. I don't have the glimmer machine, but I believe in Santa! Great cards.

    Heather said...

    Purple is my favorite color, so seeing it used in your cards makes me so happy! Purple and aqua is amazing together. Beautiful cards!!

    Dee said...

    Love your use of beautiful retro colors on the fun memorable items!

    Susie Sonnier said...

    Shades of my childhood! Great Cards

    Shanna said...

    I love all of the new ideas!

    Jeanne Beam said...

    Beautiful cards! Love the colors.
    Thanks for sharing...

    Michelle said...

    I love your color combo choice. It makes these cards pop!

    Virginia Ellison said...

    Beautiful cards.... love your colors.... thank you for sharing your creativity.

    Karthikha said...

    Super cool and fantastic cards! I love your color palette! :)

    LittleSher said...

    Love e that you used aqua and purple. 💜

    Kailash said...

    Fabulous designs and such pretty colors, love!

    Lauryne Cunningham said...

    I love the retro colors on all of your cards! Your first card looks so festive with the stars and snow all over the background- love it!

    Stacey Kowbel said...

    Fantastic cards! I love the first one with the stamped snowy background and the snowflake border mid ground. Wonderful dimension.

    Paintin4ever said...

    I absolutely love the color scheme you went with your cards. It's so easy to get stuck in a box with colors for certain things. Thank you for shaking up the box!

    Isabel Z said...

    Sigh, I have to count my pennies to see if I can get this kit. I absolutely love it!

    Kelsey Thomas said...

    These are so pretty! I love the colors you used.

    Sue D said...

    So fun--love the colors.

    Denise Kitts-Wadlow said...

    Love your cards Julee, and I enjoyed the story about your Christmas at Grandma's house!!! What an honor you've done for her by incorporating her favorite color in your projects. I also really like the soft pearl embossed background on the one card. You've done a splendid job.

    JMN said...

    Beautiful cards and I love these colors.

    Helen said...

    Gorgeous cards, Julee! I love the combination of purple and pool on the cards - so light and fresh looking! Thanks so much for inspiring and sharing!

    Becca Yahrling said...

    Love the pretty color combo on your beautifully designed & colored cards, Julee. Gorgeous!!

    stampingbowd said...

    Such a fun color combo!! I love all of your samples. This is such a fun release! Your elements in silver foil are stunning.

    Jean said...

    You rocked this kit! Wonderful colors!

    Annette Reed said...

    Your cards are beautiful. I love that silver foiled one and the smooshed one. If love too see a video of the ornament card. I'm having trouble visualizing it. I can only see gold on the sentiment but it sounded like you ran the whole cover plate through the Gemini. Regardless, it is lovely.

    Heather said...

    These are all so beautiful! I love the lilac and aqua color scheme!

    K. Eley said...

    Wow, great cards! Love the colors used! Love the Merry Christmas die cut with the chrome paper!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Patty said...

    Wow! These are all beautiful!! Really love your Christmas tree card with the silver on it!

    Carol said...

    Wow! That reminds me so much of my childhood Christmases!

    Thank you so much for sharing these crafty ideas for using this kit.

    Carol B

    Diana Johnson said...

    Love your cards, especially the Halloween cat!

    Dana M said...

    Beautiful cards! Fantastic designs and techniques - love the retro feel.

    Neeta Rancourt said...

    Love the color choices.

    Laurie said...

    Your cards are adorable! So fun! I am loving the retro vibe of this kit!!

    Tarina said...

    Julie, your work is always so inspiring. Thanks for all of the fun ideas to use with this new retro set!

    karenajo said...

    Great cards - love the colors and designs. Especially love your second card - so very elegant! Thanks for sharing your memories too! Fun times are so special!