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November 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 November kit has a super fun DIY holiday 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 Laurie Willison'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, November 10th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.


My first card is a fun little shaker card featuring the November MMH Kit. I started by cutting the Doorway Fancy Die from pebble cardstock.  I cut the door off and then started coloring the bows and greenery with alcohol markers.  Next I masked off the door frame and windows and rubbed some black artist pastels over the grey for a worn look.  I then used a white pastel and a white gel pen to color in the door frame and the snow on the ground, masking off the little rug. I cut the panel again from white cardstock and then colored the pieces for the lamp and window yellow to in-lay.


Next I stamped the welcome rug and the tree, cat, and santa hat images, colored and then cut with coordinating dies from the kit. While I was die cutting, I also cut the fancy wreath and topiary dies and then colored to accent the doorway.

I created a shaker, putting parchment paper down as the backdrop, then layering the tree image and adding a sentiment from the May Your Home Be Filled with Joy add-on set. I added some micro beads, sequins and stars, then glued everything down to finish things off.



My next card is a bit on the simpler side, but I love the way it turned out. I blended blue hawaii and splash reactive inks onto white cardstock, then splattered with white glimmer metalllic ink and embossed a sentiment from the main kit in white in the top corner.


Next I cut two separate panels from the Tri-fold Edge Winter Pine Fancy Dies, and layered them over the background, popping the front panel up on a foam sheet to add some depth. Easy peasy!


I LOVE to give gift cards for the holidays (probably because I love to receive them!), so I was so excited to see the Gift Card Holder Fancy Dies in this month's release! I had a little fun with color, going a bit non-traditional for this trio of gift card holders. I love Snarky Christmas Messages add-on and couldn't resist making a few tags to dress up the gift card holder with it.



These sentiments fit perfectly in the frames from the Holiday Meal Stamp & Cut, so I began by coloring white cardstock in a rainbow of colors with alcohol markers. Next I embossed the sentiments in white and then die cut.  The smallest circle die in the Circles Infinity Die Set was perfect for adding a hole to the top of each tag to feed the twine and jingle bells through. Love how these turned out!

My final creation for today is a more traditional Christmas card. I fell in love with the Decorative Poinsettia Frame Stamp & Cut when I opened my box, and couldn't wait to color in these beautiful images!



I colored in traditional reds and greens with alcohool makrers and then die cu, popping up the frame on foam tape over some designer paper and accenting with a gingham bow and some more stamped and die cut images.


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, November 8 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 November My Monthly Hero kit. I've also linked the entire release along with the supplies I used for these cards below for your convenience. 

Kit Contents:




  • 6" x 8" Clear Stamp Set
  • 13 Coordinating Frame Cut Dies
  • 1 Doorway Fancy Die
  • 5 Fancy Dies
  • 2 Plastic Ornaments
  • 6 Envelopes (Size A10)
  • 6 Glassine Bags
  • 1 Glitter Lacquer Pen


  • 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. Happy hopping!

    Next up on the hop is Laurie Willison



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    November My Monthly Hero Release




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    57 comments

    Feebs said...

    Love the use of the die to create a shaker card! I love the tags too!

    Karthikha said...

    Fantastic set of creations!! The first card is my fav, it is such a lovely scene with great choice of colors and design! <3

    Jmarienelson said...

    Love your ideas

    Donna Hitz said...

    So many different looks from the kit! Great inspiration!

    sharon g said...

    Your last card is my favorite. So classy. But I do LOVE the kitty....

    Lisa A creations said...

    My favorite is the first card with the shaker bits.

    Unknown said...

    I love the card; so nice to have the door truly opened to see inside 😊

    Cheryl B. said...

    Give me snarky all day long. I love the addition of these tags to dress up an unimaginative gift card.

    Carol McCready said...

    I love everything you created! My favorite is the shaker door.

    Leanne in Cali said...

    Wow, wonderful projects and this kit looks like a really great one! Thanks for sharing so many ideas with us on this fun blog hop!!

    Tammy said...

    Oh, Julee! these are all so wonderful! You are very creative! I now need the entire release!

    Wendy Dillon said...

    The snarky comments cards were awesome! Who could resist them?

    MadeByMeghanK said...

    Beautiful scenes and I LOVE those gift card holders and tags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lagene said...

    Great Kit! Awesome cards, I'm a sucker for shakers, so I love the first card, but I especially love the poinsettia card too!

    Yolanda said...

    This is such a great kit. I love all the possibilities.TFS

    Heidi Rees said...

    Wow what great holiday cards! Great inspiration!

    Sandy Small said...

    Your gift card pockets were fabulous, the black and white paper really made the rainbow tags pop!

    Gail Spresser said...

    Your cards are very nice. I was happy to see someone make the gift card holder. Thank you.

    Jackie said...

    These are gorgeous! I love the little kitty on the doormat, so sweet.

    Barbara said...

    Love your shaker card particularly and the cute, cute gift card holders!

    Caroline said...

    Nice cards for Christmas. Good color combinations.

    Nora Noll said...

    You used the products so beautifully!! I LOVE the little door scene you created but I have to say, I LOVE the use of the snarky sentiments!! I so need these!!

    TheMuffinMaker said...

    especially love the cat

    Cherry Blossom said...

    Wow! So many great cards!

    SmilynStef said...

    The black ones are my favorite ... fabulous creations.

    JMN said...

    Awesome kit and wonderful designs, thanks for sharing and the black cards are my favorite.

    Martine said...

    I never thought black and white gingham would look right for a Christmas card, but you nailed it! Awesome card!

    kiwimeskreations said...

    Loving your cards and gift card holders Julee - it sure looks as though you have had fun! Love the sentiment about this or socks :)
    Blessings
    Maxine

    Helen said...

    Wow!, Julee! I just love all your wonderful creations! To start that shaker front door is super cute and the gift card holder with that super fun stamping is amazing! The sentiment on the tag is super!! (lots of uses)!!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    Samantha said...

    These are all so good!! Love how you put the wreath up by the garland!

    crafty ashley said...

    i really like that you went with a shaker for the door card. you really blew me away with that

    Nana Griffin said...

    Wow! A super cool shaker card. Great ideas for this kit.

    Nancy F said...

    Love the cat sitting in the door way!

    Effie said...

    I really like the open door shaker card and the poinsettia card.

    Gardenrose said...

    Love your scene with the kitty - so sweet!!

    Cynthia Koop said...

    Really beautiful cards! The kit and add ons are awesome.

    Kelsey Thomas said...

    What a fun shaker card! :)

    Heather said...

    I can tell you had fun with this one! I LOVE the Merry Christmas card; so gorgeous! And the gift card holders are awesome!!

    Jodi Warren said...

    Love the tree card and the snarky gift card holders. Those were great to see the different way to dress up or down those dies. Great job.

    katrynka said...

    I always love shaker cards!! And the card with the tree dies is beautiful!!

    Shannon said...

    Fantastic creations! The shaker is my favorite.

    Lauren Z. said...

    I love what you have created using this months fantastic kit! I absolutely adore the front porch die!

    Jeanne Beam said...

    Such gorgeous holiday cards! The front door shaker card was awesome. Great tags.
    Thanks so much for sharing...

    augustjmn said...

    Love you card designs but the git card holders are my favorite.

    Tindaloo said...

    Awesome card creations! LOVE that shaker door :)

    Holly Jackson said...

    Julee! You are very talented. I love your projects!

    Patty said...

    Wow!! What beautiful creations! My favorites are you shaker door card and those fun tags at the end!!

    Mary Holshouser said...

    Fantastic collection of cards.
    Love the open door to the house
    that doubles as a shaker.
    Great idea. thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Carol Wortman said...

    So far my favorite door, being open with that parchment accent is so warm and inviting! They are all beauties!

    Sue D said...

    I like your pretty and fun variety of projects.

    sherri said...

    I love your front door card! The use of gray just makes it pop. Thanks for sharing it.

    Lauryne Cunningham said...

    Wow! Gorgeous cards! I love the doorway scene you created without the door- so much color and beauty! And, the tags on the gift card holders are so cute- great idea!

    Sara Nieuwenhuis said...

    Excellent shaker card idea! Never would have thought of that on my own, thanks for sharing! The blue against the white trees is beautiful!

    Brenda Rohlfing Simpson said...

    Love the look of the front door, you have a nice balance as it feels like you're outside on a cold wintery day yet the indoors has a nice glow and is so welcoming & inviting! Nicely done!

    Benjamin said...

    I love your gift card holders - so much fun!

    Robin B. said...

    Wow, I can’t believe how many projects you made with this kit! I love them all, thanks for the inspiration.

    Karen L K said...

    Very nice cards! That front door scene is really creative. The trees and hills is so pretty and that last card is my favorite. Love the traditional colors and the black and white ribbon.