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May 2020 My Monthly Hero Release Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hi friends! The first Monday of the month is here again! And that means it's time to kick-off another My Monthly Hero release! The May kit is a smile making kit filled with sunshine and rainbows, and even some of those FABULOUS Karin markers everyone's been talking about! It's all about sending happy mail, something we could all use a little of right now! I suspect this one will go fast, so be sure to grab yours while you can!



If you've been hopping along, you should have arrived from Jill Hawkins' 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 one $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, May 10th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.



I was so excited to get these day brightening goodies in my mailbox, and couldn't wait to get started!
Today I'll be sharing cards with some of the fun add-ons. The first thing that grabbed my eye was the Sun Background Stencil and the Paper Layering Window Shutters.  I stenciled the background onto Arctic cardstock with Pool Party and Blue Raspberry reactive inks.  Then I die cut the window shutters from white cardstock.  I cut some vellum pieces to back the windows with, then pulled out the flowers from the One Thing at a Time Stamp & Cut. I lined up the three larger stamps in my MISTI and stamped four different times with four different shades of reactive inks, rotating the paper 1/4 turn each time.  Then I lined up the inner flowers on the MISTI and stamped again with darker shades of ink.  I cut the flowers out, then adhered them to the window shutters, adding some pearl, rhinestone and enamel dot accents.


The sending smiles sentiment is from the Hero Greetings Sending Smiles set. I embossed it in white on pitch black cardstock, then added to the bottom of the stenciled panel.  I then chose a strip of lace to cover up the part of the stenciled  "sun" that was peeking out around the window and postioned the window panel to cover up the other parts of the sun.


Next I wanted to use the Sun Background Stencil  in a more traditional way, so I stenciled it onto white cardstock with lemon drop reactive ink.  When I made the card before, I had left over ink from my stenciling, so I added a little green apple to my mat, then sprayed the mat with water and smooshed some watercolor paper onto it to for a fun background.  I thought it looked very cloud like, so it was the perfect time to pull out the Cloudy Sky Scene Dies




I cut the smooshed background with one of the cloud dies, then positioned around the card panel.  The today is the day sentiment from Affirmation Messages was the perfect fit for the sun.  I then picked out this sweet little pup from the Merry Woof set to be the bearer of happy mail! He's colored with copics and cut with the coordinating frame cuts.



I started this next card with a blended background as a backdrop for the  Cloudy Sky Scene Dies. I used lemon drop, creamsicle, fruit punch and berry smoothie reactive inks, blending well between colors.  I then cut the two cloud dies, then sponged lightly with pool party ink and layered onto the blended panel, adding the second layer on foam tape for some dimension.



I wanted my Airplane Fancy Die to shine, so I cut it from pebble cardstock, then coated with watermark ink and embossed with silver sparkle embossing powder. I just love how sparkly this powder is! I selected sentiments from the Sky's the Limit Balloons set, adding one directly onto the card, and embossing the other on black cardstock to add in the clouds.



Once again, I had left over ink from blending, so decided to do a little more smooshing for a background.  I then added some extra flowers I had stamped and cut from my first card and cut some envelopes using the  US Mailbox Fancy Die and papaya, canary, and azalea cardstock.



 I then used the word die from the Thinking of You Stamp & Cut, cutting it 3 times from pitch black cardstock and layering for thickness.  A black panel, skewed behind the main panel completes the card.



While I had the fabulous US Mailbox Fancy Die out, I had to use that big postbox.  I pulled out some old favorite Authentique patterned paper and cut the envelopes from different patterns.  The mailbox is cut from nautical cardstock, and I used the same Thinking of You die, this time with canary cardstock.  I little brown inks edge all the panels and I added the first part of the sentiment directly to the page in Cup o' Joe ink.



You made it to the end! 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 todayHero Arts remains closed due to the shelter-in-place order. We have only limited capabilities at this time. Currently we estimate that shipping will begin on May 15, and continue until all boxes have shipped. We are so appreciative that so many have continued to order despite knowing we have long delays. Thank you for your patience, support, and kind wishes. It means the world to us, and we send love and appreciation your way.

Here's a closer look at the May 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
  • 7 Coordinating Frame Cuts
  • 7 Envelope Art Icon Fancy Dies
  • 3 Karin DécoBrush Metallic Markers (Gold, Pink & Blue)
  • 5 White A7 Envelopes
  • 5 White A2 Envelopes
Kit Value: $79.99
Kit Cost: $34.99


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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Amy Kolling
Channin Pelletier
Daniel West
Debi Adams
Heather Nichols
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jennifer McGuire
Jen Shults
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Jill Hawkins
Julee Tilman
Laurie Willison
Libby Hickson
Lori Craig
Lydia Fiedler
Michelle Short
Nichol Spohr

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76 comments

Kraftsbyus4u said...

How fabulous is this kit and its add on they are spot on for sure. Love these cards!

Isabel Z said...

You have outdone yourself! These are amazing!

Ms. Tamp said...

Great look of the mailbox card. Wonderful colors.

NickiB said...

Love these

Maretta said...

Oh, I love these cards . . . especially the window shutters card! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us!

Suze said...

Love the smooshing effect!

Cynthia said...

Fabulous group of cards, Julee! Love the cheerful colors and embossed airplane. Couldn't resist ordering this month! :)

Susie, Clermont FL said...

The MAILBOX card, it's so awesome!!!

Christine said...

Wow, Julee! You have been busy creating wonderful cards! My favorite is the window opening to that glorious blue sky! I love the touch of lace. Thanks so much for a fun visit!

Jodi Thompson said...

Love the card stock used on the plane to look like metal!

Mendy said...

Loving that window with the bright cheery flowers. I love the unique touch you put on the plane by embossing it. Neat idea!

Nancy R. said...

A great release! Even though the dog with the letter isn't an official part of the new release, I love how you used it on the card! Brings a smile!

Jody V said...

Great release. So may ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Cyndi said...

Amazing cards. I love the colors and the wonderful layouts. This is an fantastic release and you've showcased it beautifully.

Cindi said...

Your cards are all so beautiful!

KimK said...

Great cards -- all so different and wonderful! Love the smooshed background and the sweet window. Thank you!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Especially like the wonderful backgrounds.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Joanne Williams said...

I love the details of your cards from the vellum windows to the striped paper envelopes! Thanks for sharing!

Barbara said...

I love the mailbox card!

sgc said...

These are adorable!

Diane z said...

Your cards are so cheery, thanks for sharing.

Amy C. said...

Your cards are fabulous and so inspiring! I especially love the new window frame die.

Susie Province said...

I love your use of lace behind the window. Really nice idea.

Susie Province said...

I love your use of lace behind the window. Really nice idea.

Deb B. said...

I love your cards and I really love this and background stencil in blue. But my favorite is that cute little puppy dog running off to deliver a card! See he's not being naughty and stealing it he's being an angel and delivering it that's my story

Barbara said...

My goodness, you created some awesome cards. How do you have the time with young twin boys although I guess making cards is a good stress reliever. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

sharon g said...

Oh, the doggy is precious! And what a happy look this card has!

Kailash said...

Love your cards, the window shutters card is my favorite!

DorothyA said...

Lovely cards. One just as great as the other. Fabulous clouds. Love all of your backgrounds. Very fun stamps and die cuts!

Rainbow J. said...

So beautiful! I love all of your designs!

kiwimeskreations said...

What wonderful, sunny cards Julee, and so many amazing techniques and textures! Stunning work.
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

Joanne Hoffmann said...

OH MY!! What an incredible assortment of cards! One is just as happy and colorful as the other! Wonderful creative inspiration!

Judy Inukai said...

Fabulous cards. I love how you paired the Thinking of You die with the mailbox. Your cards will certainly bring a smile to the recipients.

~amy~ said...

Julee, I'm loving all of your fabulous inspiration!!!!!

Jeanne Beam said...

Such gorgeous cards! Thanks for the inspiration...

Stacey Kowbel said...

Wonderful cards! I love your design with the dog carrying the envelope - such fun!

vickie said...

This is a wonderful kit and your cards are absolutely awesome! Love that puppy dog!

Alma Dirpaul said...

Love all those cards!!

Brebda said...

So many really cute ideas for using this set. Thank you for sharing.

deenywv said...

Your cards are beautiful. I especially like the window shutter card with all the flowers.

Lauryne Cunningham said...

All of your cards are fabulous! i love the silver embossed airplane!

lynn said...

That cards...love the vellum window...thanks for this great idea...

lynn said...

That cards...love the vellum window...thanks for this great idea...

Nancy Pearce said...

All I can say is WOW! You have been busy coming up with all the creations. I love the mailbox card and the airplane card. These dies are on my wishlist now.

C. Sage Deerborn said...

The little dog carrying the letter is such a cute idea.

Carol Wortman said...

I love a schmoosher and that background did turn into fabulous cards. I'm so impressed with the dimension it creates! Love these cards and see Christmas in that mailbox. Thanks and please continue to stay safe,

Wendy @ Hi-Regards.blogspot.com said...

Oh... I just love your cards soooo much! They are beautiful and you used color in unexpected ways that just make me feel so happy!! Thanks for sharing ~ I hope your days are full of sunshine & rainbows <3

Heather DePasquale said...

Your cards pop...love them all. I especially like the vintage post box card. TFS!

cinderella said...

I am amazed at all of the different ideas, that can come from the same set of supplies. Crafting is a beautiful thing.

hthole said...

Wow some amazing cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

NatQuebec said...

All beautfulk cards :-)

Debby Green said...

Great cards!

Marie said...

I love ALL your cards - ALL favorites - the layouts, colors, and inking are fantastic! Great how the covering lace turned into clouds!

PoJo said...

Such great ideas Thanks for the inspiration!

Karthikha said...

What a fabulous set of creations using the new kit!! Amazing work, I love the one with the pup carrying the mail a lot :)

Mary Holshouser said...

The airplane is fantastic.
Love the open window. Cards
that "do something" are more
fun that a plain square one.
Great collection of cards.
thanks for sharing
txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Nana Griffin said...

Oh these are so cool! Great ideas.

Wanda said...

all great cards. Love the dog and the floral mail card. TFS

Purple Princess said...

Such amazing designs!!

Heather said...

These are all so fabulous!!! My favorite is the one with the sweet pup!! He's so cute!

Annette Reed said...

The cards are fantastic! The backgrounds look great. The little dog is very cute. I love the vintage feel of the mailbox card with the vintage paper and inked edges.

Janet Trapp said...

Super cute cards! Love the technique with the mailbox❣️Such a fun kit!
God bless!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Such a pretty window scene with the flowers!

Terri E said...

Nice cards. Love the ink smooshing. No need to let is go to waste.

Helen said...

Wonderful cards as always, Julee! I love your gorgeous choice of colours, ink blending and wonderful designs! My favourites are that sweet little floral window scene and that cute little dog running out with a message! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration! Take care! :)

Lagene said...

AWESOME kit, Awesome creations! I especially love the sweet puppy delivering the mail!

DebbieC said...

Very nice cards. They showcase great ways of using the kit products.

Melanie said...

All your cards are so cute, but I especially love your shiny plane!

Sue D said...

Love the variety of cards you made with this kit.

Summer Braxton said...

Well done! The puppy stole the show.

Cherry Blossom said...

I love a good window card!

Carol McCready said...

Your cards are so fun. I love them,

slbt17 said...

loving the mailbox and sun stencil .... well done!

Connie said...

Hi Julee :) Your cards breathe summer! Sooooooo bright and cheery! Thanks for inspiring me :)

Valerija said...

So sweet and pretty cards, love them all!
Valerija xx

Judy Price said...

What precious cards, especially the dog! I also noticed the touch of lace! I really enjoy adding other mediums -- when I remember to! Great cards and sharing - thank you!