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January My Monthly Hero Release 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 January kit is fresh and gorgeous with a beautiful love/friendship theme. A fabulous collection of add-ons (including a coffee set! SQUEE!) 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, January 12th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.


The January MMH kit lends itself well to a vintage style, which happens to be one of my favorite styles to create in! I went for a shabby chic style birthday card for my first project.  I started by cutting the mini envelope from the kit (isn't it so cute???)  from 80# cardstock and then sponging with soft brown ink and assembling.


Next I moved onto my tuck-ins.  I started by stamping the letter in cup o' joe, then trimming, distressing and adding a bit of soft brown and cup o' joe to the edges for a worn look.  I die cut the flowers, then colored with watercolor pencils and tucked in on top of the letter.

To accent the envelope, I stamped the letter in royal red on peony cardstock and then cut with the Nesting Hearts Infinity Dies. Next I cut the long banner die from the kit, stamped happy birthday on it, then ran through my machine with the die the opposite direction to get a fishtail on either end.  I finished up with some patterned papers and a bit of lace from my stash.



My next card uses the floral wrap and a ton of filler dies from the main kit. I was a bit nervous when I first saw all the dies and not as many stamp images in the main kit, but once I got to work I found it was so fun to work with the die cuts! They're all so beautifully detailed that you really don't have to do much to make them pop!



I used the love mail post script stamp from the kit to decorate my flower wrap, then added some sponging around the edges before assembling. The floral sprays are stippled with grape juice ink and then with white glimmer metallic ink, and the leaves and butterflies are cut from colored cardstock.


I embossed the sentiment from the kit in white and then cut with the banner die.  My background is stamped with the Old French Writing wood mount stamp. I couldn't find it on the site, but I did buy mine pretty recently at JoAnn so it is still available. I stamped it repeatedly in soft brown ink on cream cardstock and then layered everything together and finished off with some baker's twine.


For my next card, I wanted to use some of the images from the kit and thought they would pair well with the Peek-A-Boo doors fancy die. I used a previously cut die cut that I had cut the doors off of as a guide to place my stamps, then quickly colored the images in with Copics.  I then cut the peek-a-boo doors from Arctic cardstock and stamped over it with the small script stamp from the kit.  I cut the corresponding doors to my colored images off with an x-acto knife, then decorated the other doors with heart infinity die cuts and a couple of xoxo sentiments embossed onto cardstock that I cut apart.


I left one swath of doors unadorned so I could add the sentiment.  I embossed the sending my love in white on four different colored cardstocks, then taped together, accented with teeny hearts, and popped up over the doors. Such a fun card!

There are so many fabulous add-ons this month!  I'll have lots more cards with them this month, but I wanted to make sure this fabulous kit got some love in today's post!  That being said,  my coffee loving soul just couldn't resist a quick card with the new Cup of Love add-on set!


I stamped the cup and spoon, then colored with Copics and cut with the coordinating Cup of Love Frame Cuts. I did a little masking with a circle and some Taffy and Pool Party reactive inks for a background, then stamped the sentiment in my circle and popped up my die cut images.


I used the Happy Valentine's Day sentiment from the main kit, embossed in white on black cardstock as a strip beneath this and accented with a heart I colored and hand trimmed from stamping another spoon image.  A little glitter on the hearts and a thin black mat finish things off. I love how versatile all the sentiments in this month's kit are! I can see myself adding them to all sorts of cards!

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, January 10 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 January 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:

  • 4" x 6" Clear Stamp Set
  • 14 Coordinating Fancy Dies
  • 8 5.5" x 8.5" Sheets of Cardstock (Gold Breeze, Kraft, Fireweed, Rose)
  • Pink Sparkle Embossing Powder 0.5 oz.
  • Aqua Glimmer Metallic Ink 😍
  • 2 Yards Pink Satin Ribbon
For a chance to win the $50 Gift Certificate giveaway, leave some comments for the talented designers linked below.  Happy hopping!

Next up on the hop is Laurie Willison


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January My Monthly Hero Release




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92 comments

Lagene said...

Awesome Kit! Beautiful creations! I especially love the purple die cut flowers card!

Melissa Leftrick said...

Love your creations!!

Kailash said...

Your cards are simply gorgeous, love all the detail in each design!

Carol McCready said...

I love the vintage feel of your cards.

Lin said...

Gorgeous work, Julee! I REALLY love your first card!

Sue Hansard said...

The purple bouquet and butterfly card is simply stunning! I am sure any recipient of this card would feel loved and blessed. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

Κλειδαράς said...

Love your creations ... bravo
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Sandi MacIver said...

such lovely projects, I especially love that little coffee cup, great coloring too. This is one of my favorite releases so far.

Mcrockco said...

Love the purple flowers. Great job!

bienchen mittwollen said...

This makes me want to do some beautiful scrapbook pages!! Love the colours and all the different textures you used! Thank you for the amazing inspiration ❤️

judy said...

I love the kit. Your coloring and attention to detail result in such lovely cards!

Patt H. said...

Your cards are fabulous, Julee! My favorite is the first one. I love the shabby chic look & soft colors. The wrapped florals is gorgeous also. Thanks for sharing these awesome creations!!

Beth Merrill said...

Ooo la la! Love the lace, the purple bouquet and the peek a boo card! So much fun!

Candy said...

A striking use of purple! Oh man, I love that card! Thanks for inspiring!

vickie said...

Love rhese cards, especially the vintage looking ones! I love anything vintage.

Sandy M said...

All of your cards are gorgeous but my favorites are the first two bouquet cards. Love the both

Johanna said...

Beautiful cards and a great new kit. Wow!

Cherry Blossom said...

Lots of great ideas!

Unknown said...

Wow. When I opened the link and saw your first card. Wow. And then I saw the next cards and you have even more stunning ideas! Thank you for sharing them.

Unknown said...

Great cards! Great kits! I love hero arts

V. K. said...

The first two cards you created are stunning. Love the vintage look of #1 and that purple on #2 is simply beautiful. Love your cards!!

Betty said...

love the vintage look of your first card, Julee - the purple is gorgeous - love this kit and have already ordered it!

Rema DeLeeuw said...

Such a beautiful release!

Betty said...

These are Wow cards. I love the vintage feel of the first card and that purple is stunning!

Dawn J said...

Love the Victorian influence these cards bring. I really like how you created the peek a boo card.

Val Quitral said...

I love the sending love card with the little doors

Christine said...

This is a fabulous kit, and you really make the products shine! Love the florals paired with the vintage papers!

jjellii said...

What beautiful cards, thanks for the inspiration looking forward to getting my kit

Eve N said...

Love the variey of cards you created. Kits with more dies and fewer tiny stamps are my preference, so this is one of my favorites.

BJ said...

Love all of your cards! The peek a boo door card is great!

sharon g said...

I just adore your first and last creations! They are just gorgeous!

Natalie Winterstein said...

All of your cards are so pretty!

MadeByMeghanK said...

I love the shabby Chic vintage look of your first two cards! ALL are beautiful!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

OMGosh these are all so fabulous

Carol said...

Beautiful projects, thanks for the inspiration. This kit looks like a great one!

Carol B

Unknown said...

Beautiful!

Natalie said...

OMG! Beautiful cards. Love the design and the colors.
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Jeanne Beam said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards! Love the colors and designs...
Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

I absolutely love your cards and the vintage feel of them! You're so talented and creative.

Ceal said...

all your cards are gorgeous! thanks for the inspiration

Annette Reed said...

Your cards are lovely. I really like the vintage feel of that first one.

Germaine said...

Your first card reminds me of a page that might be found in an art journal page. Nice coloring on the coffee cup, too. The highlight down the center is spot on!

Deb Selby said...

Great looking project. Love it.

Amy Wazwaz said...

I love what you did with the peek a boo die. Brilliant! Definitely going to use that tip!

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the vintage look to the first card.
The purple tussy-mussy and butterfly
are gorgeous. Wonderful cards.
thanks for sharing
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Cheriese said...

beautiful creations - love the vintage vibe of the first card!!

Janis said...

Oh, my....Julee your cards are just exquisite! I esp love that vintage looking one with the unimaginably beautiful lace. Just gorgeous!!
<3 J

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Susan B. said...

I love love love your vintage card! Perfection with this gorgeous kit.

Helen said...

What a stunning set of cards, Julee! All so very different and yet so special! I love the vintage look you achieved on your first card - such a contrast to the other more modern looks! Thanks so much for the beautiful inspiration!

Amy C. said...

I love the variety of cards you created, from Vintage to modern. This is a beautiful new kit from Hero Arts.

Rachel Duong said...

All of your cards are so pretty and I love the purple bouquet so much. This kit is amazing and you have shown how great it is.

Pennie said...

Lovely cards!

Renee V said...

Gorgeous cards, love the vintagey-shabby chic feel on that first one!!!

Lucy E. said...

Oh my-I love that vintage birthday card!
It reminds me of old fashioned valentines
cards. And the purple wrapped floral card
is gorgeous! Great display of the kit!

Pam Weiss said...

I love the vintage feel of your 1st card. I love these hops you get to see so many ideas. Thanks for a chance to win.

Rose said...

Love your cards... my favorite is the one with the lace...beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

Isabel Z said...

Your cards are gorgeous!

Kaylene Matyas said...

Truly beautiful cards, but my favourite is definitely the purple posy card. Love how you added the glimmer on the flowers too.

Jean said...

Such gorgeous cards! Looks like a wonderful kit!

Sherry Shelton said...

Beautiful cards from an awesome kit. Great job!

Heather said...

What a gorgeous collection of cards!! I LOVE that first one; so beautiful and so "Julee"!

Dee Earnshaw said...

oh my - your style is amaIZing - LOVE the vintage look of the first card - I may be casing this lol!!

Gail Spresser said...

Beautiful cards and colors. Really like the Cup of love card. Thank you.

Liz Williams said...

Julie, I am loving all the beautiful cards on this hop and glad to see these new things coming out! Thanks for you sharing your talents and the inspiration to others.

Carol Wortman said...

The purple is beautiful and the cup is so cute, but that Birthday card is absolutely amazing and maybe the prettiest card ever! It truly says sending love!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh wow that is just gorgeous, I love the first with it's pretty flowers, lovely paper and lace! The purple bouquet is wonderful too!

Rebecca Ednie said...

Totally love all your cards. I especially love the one with the lace.

Peggy said...

Love the addition of butterflies to the flowers! Beautiful cards.

Judy Inukai said...

Fabulous cards. I love the vintage look of the first one, but being a huge fan of anything purple, the second one really jumps out at me. I'm so glad I ordered the kit before it sold out. Thanks for the great inspiration.

Small Joys said...

I enjoyed all of your cards, but especially liked the friend bouquet. Well done!

MaryLikesMelon said...

Thanks for sharing your creations. I love the vintage envelope. So beautiful.

Shannon said...

Fantastic cards - thanks so much for sharing.

Karthikha said...

Wow! I'm in love with your cards! The backgrounds and designs, everything is awesome! <3

Dee said...

All your card creations with this set are stunning but I’m loving on the happy birthday one, it’s totally gorgeous. You truly used the set beautifully.

BobbisTreasure said...

Loving that background text stamp! BobbisTreasure at aol dot com

Miriam Prantner said...

What a wonderful set of cards! I am really loving this kit and how versatile it is! The florals are gorgeous, but there are so many great elements, especially the envelope!

Karen Letchworth said...

Gorgeous cards, Julee. These Hero Arts products are amazing, and y'all have ROCKED the release. What amazing samples.
Blessings,
Karen Letchworth

JMN said...

Love this kit and your cards are stunning ….awesome inspiration.

DJ said...

I especially love the composition of the birthday card and the lovely purples on the floral card too. The windows card is so nice as well. TFS!

Sherri said...

Live that purple card!

Joanie said...

Love your style!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Sue D said...

Wonderful cards. I really like the first one.

karenajo said...

Beautiful cards - especially love the first one with the lace accent ! Thanks for sharing!

jeanneragan said...

Beautiful cards! Your coloring is great!

Lauryne Cunningham said...

Your cards are absolutely gorgeous! I love the lace on your first card and the purple bouquet on your second really pops!

Cary said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards. I love the die for the floral pocket. It is so unique.

Kelsey Thomas said...

Gorgeous cards! I love all of the layering. :)

Unknown said...

All of your cards are gorgeous! The first one I just saw a little bit ago on instagram too! Love seeing another use for the peek a boo doors!!

Cyndi said...

Your cards are amazing. My favorite is the first one -- so elegant. Beautiful!

Celeste Goff said...

Such gorgeous cards Julee! Your talent always amazes me!

Mendy said...

Love everything you made but the first one has to be my favorite. A bit vintagy (is that even a word?) but I love it.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful creations my dear! your cards are lovely. :-)
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