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August My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY


Hi friends! It's time to kick-off another My Monthly Hero release! We're taking a stay-cation with this month's fabulous kit. So many fun ways to create a cozy, relaxing scene, and to send a little hello to friends near and far. And as always, there are a bunch of amazing add-ons to mix and match!

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


My boys love to read and can often be seen huddled over the same book, so this sweet little tent image from the August kit stole my heart.  I built a scene, doing a little masking to add in stacks of books and some grasss.  The background is done with reactive inks, blended together and then wiped with a baby wipe to smooth things out. I added the fancy greetings die from the kit and then the my happy place stamp for my sentiment.



For my next card I had fun scene building with the kit. I colored a bunch of the image up with Copics and then die cut with the coordinating dies, to build a little outdoor scene.  The empty hanging chair seemed like the perfect focal point for a missing you card.



The sentiments are from the new Camp Mi Casa add-on.  I lined up the wish you were here sentiment on my MISTI, and stamped, then moved my panel a 1/4" and stamped again, repeating down the center of the card.  I then layered all my fun die cuts to create the scene.  I then embossed the miss you sentiment in white on black cardstock to add to the bottom.  I matted with adriatic cardstock and then finished with an A2 card base.



If you've been around my blog for any length of time, it's no secret that I love coffee. When I saw there was a teeny coffee cup in Camp Mi Casa, I knew I would have to use it. And the fun tags in the Destination Home Bold Prints background were just calling for a little faux coffee stain technique.


I started by stamping the background on watercolor paper, using a watercolor safe ink.  I then blended with soft brown and cup o' joe inks. Next I pulled out the artprint brown and cocoa watercolor inks and dropped some on my palette, then spritzed with ink and brushed around.  I took two different sized cups and placed the bottoms in the ink and then stamped them onto the background randomly.  When this was done, I painted a few of the tags with the leftover ink as well as adding some splatters.


I then cut the background down to 4" x 5.25"  and inked around the edges with soft brown and cup o' joe.  I cut out the individual tags leftover and kept one strip in which I masked off the IDAHO from the State-Cation Bold Prints and stamped across the strip.  This strip is popped up on foam tape and I added one of the tags I had cut from the leftovers on the side. Then I stamped the sweet little coffee cups from the Camp Mi Casa add-on set, colored with copics and cut with the coordinating frame cuts.  



I then masked off the little coffee time postmark from the Destination Home Bold Prints and stamped onto watercolor paper, then used the US Map Infinity Dies to cut it out so the postmark was positioned near(ish) Boise. These stamps and dies are such a fun way to personalize a card! I then inked up the edges of the US die cut with the brown inks and liquid watercolors and popped up to finish things off.


My next card uses the super fun new Tie Dye add-on.  I stamped the different layers in reactive inks onto arctic cardstock and then cut with the  T-shirt Infinity Dies. I inked around the edges of the shirt for a little shading and then embossed the you're fabulous sentiment from Bubble Bath in the center.



Next I stamped the tie dye layers randomly all over a white background.  I wanted the t-shirt to stand out a little bit, so I coated a panel of vellum with an adhesive sheet and then layered over my stamped background for a frosty, muted look.  The t-shirt is popped up on foam tape. There are so many fabulous ways you could customize these T-shirt dies with stamps from the kit and add-ons!





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 today! We estimate kit shipping will begin Monday, August 10, and continue throughout the following week.

Here's a closer look at the August 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
  • 23 Coordinating Frame Cuts
  • 1 Greetings Fancy Die
  • 5 White Postcards
  • Summer Twilight Palette Reactive Ink Pad
Kit Value: $76.00
Kit Cost: $34.99


GIVEAWAY:
Hero Arts is generously giving away one $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, August 9th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.


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 Jessica Frost-Ballas

Hero Arts
Seeka
Nichol Spohr
Mindy Eggen
Michelle Short
Mariana Grigsby
Maria Willis
Lydia Fiedler
Laurie Willison
Julee Tilman ✋ That's me!
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Janette Kausen
Ilina Crouse
Emily Midgett
Debi Adams
Daniel West
Channin Pelletier
Amy Kolling

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August My Monthly Hero Release



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62 comments

sgc said...

I love that background stamp!

Patt H. said...

I love that gorgeous Tie Dye card with the gorgeous colors & the lined up sentiment card is so cute! Love that sentiment set!

Joyce said...

Wow, amazing and creative cards.

Barb Martin said...

I love your cards- especially greetings from Idaho! My son is there working as a hunting guide apprentice. We’re in Vermont, far far away! You’ve convinced me that I need this card kit! Good job!

Rachel Duong said...

All of your cards are great. I love the tie dye one. I love wearing them and my daughter just tie dyed last week. It looks like fun to make and fun to use all kinds of color combos!

Barb D said...

Love the kids in the tent!

Queen Mary said...

So many great cards -- so many great ideas! I love that you made a strip from the state-cation BG stamp with the home tag BG stamp and the US map die, I just love that card! I also love coffee!

Marty B said...

Awesomeness! Camp mi casa card is my fav!

Leanne in Cali said...

Fun cards! I love the kids in the tent reading and that coffee inked background is fabulous!! Thanks for sharing with us.

Cherry Blossom said...

Another great set of cards!

Ashley Cortez said...

I really love the tie die add on card, you did a really great job on all your cards thanks for sharing your projects

jean said...

your cards are so georgeous!!! i ordered the kit ,then went back an ordered the shirrt dies those r such cte tie die stamps!!

Brebda said...

I loved each card. I think this Hero Arts set and the added items are so versatile and unique. Thanks for sharing your talents and uses of this set.

Janet Trapp said...

So much cuteness! Loving this new kit, reveal and inspiration!

Barb said...

Love this kit--can't wait to get mine. Such fun cards and great images!

MadeByMeghanK said...

These are all awesome ! I LOVE the map one and the tie dye!

sharon g said...

The kids are so cute and sweet. I LOVE the camping trip theme!

Ms. Tamp said...

Nice examples. I like the destination stamp use.

Jodi Warren said...

Love the 2nd card. The look of the elements you added are terrific. Great cards for the post.

Kailash said...

Sun fun cards especially love the coffee inked background!

Geri S said...

Great cards! Am now rethinking my whole wish list!

cghundley said...

Your cards look
so fun and I love
the first one with
the tent.
Carla from Utah

Caroline Livermore said...

Love you use of bright colors!

Mendy said...

Love all the cards you created. :)

Denise Kitts-Wadlow said...

I love all of your cards, but the one using the coffee stain technique made my heart go pitter pat!!! 😄 VERY Creative!!!

MiamiKel said...

Julie, this is so very fun - so colorful and love the pops of color with the lovely backgrounds - and that coffee card has me all aglow! LOVE them! TFS!

Mary Bee said...

Julee--- Just loved your cards. The kids in the tent-- so cute. Bet you thought of your twin boys doing the same thing. And I loved your use of the repeating sentiment as background. The tie-dyed colors are gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity.

Karenladd said...

LOVE the backyard camping card so much as it takes me back to my own childhood when we loved to camp in our backyard. Staycations are my favorite kind of vacation, so this kit calls to me!

Carol said...

Great theme and colors. Thank you!

Carol said...

Wow! Great summer theme!

Unknown said...

You are so incredibly talented!

Mary-Anne V said...

Wow it was truly so fun seeing your cards...love the map/cuo and the tie dye cards.

Lisa Henning said...

Love the groovy tie-dye effect!

Unknown said...

Beautiful Cards

Laurie said...

Love your cards and the backyard get-away feeling represented in them. The tie-dye brings back so many memories!! :)

Michele K. Henderson said...

Julee, your cards are so beautiful! Bright and fun, just like summer!
Warm Hugs,
Michele K. Henderson

Teri S. said...

FANTASTIC cards Julee! Love the vintage look of the one using the background stamp set. How clever of Hero Arts to create a tie-dye stamp set as well as the Nesting T-Shirt dies. I really like the colours you used on that card. I think the first card is just adorable with the two kids in the tent & the stack of books off to the side. Our tent saw much use with our children & then grand-children camping out in the backyard. I love this release!

Karen H said...

Fabulous cards. Thanks for showing me all the creative possibilities with this awesome new kit.

Christine said...

The tie dyed t-shirt is just too cute!!!!!

Jean R-T said...

Especially love your technique with the Destination Home background!

Jean R-T said...

Especially love your technique with the Destination Home background!

Lauryne Cunningham said...

Awesome cards! I really love the colors on your tie dye card!

Linda S Vigil said...

Wow, such cuteness! Great cards, great sets! I was not aware of this kit club, but would jump on it if I won the giftcard!

Unknown said...

I enjoy your art work! I really like the coffee dyed card. I have followed your work for years.

Deb B. said...

I really love all of your cards! The campers are so cute. I am stupid in love with tie dye and always have been, and I really love the way that you got the sort of stained distressed look on the one with the map

Janet said...

WOW! What fabulous cards! I just love this new kit and would be happy to take one off Hero Arts hands. :D Thanks for the inspiration.

irishgalkelly said...

Goodness in every card! I especially love the kids reading in the tent, so sweet! The tiny map card is pretty awesome, have to enjoy my morning coffee no matter where I'm at!

Helen said...

Wonderful cards as always, Julee! I love them all, but my favourite is the second Wish You Were Here card! So eye-cathing with it's great design! Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Take care! :)

Barbara-Jean said...

Wonderful collection of cards! I really admire your patience with the "wish you were here" card. the children in the tent are heart-warming!

Lagene said...

Awesome kit, Awesome creations, I especially love the tie die shirt card!

Cynthia said...

Of course I love them all, Julee! I especially like your creative design of the second card. Fun idea!

Carol Wortman said...

Oh my goodness! These are fantastic. I am in love with the destination home tag background and I think your card will forever be my favorite!!! What's the matter with my thinking.??.. you are brilliant using real coffee cups..duh?,!. I love your minds process and learn so much! The vintage is outstanding, the chair soooo comfy, the kids are fun!

Cyndi said...

Love all these cards. My favorite is the first one -- the colors are gorgeous.

SandraSS said...

Fun cards! I’m really loving seeing all the tie dye examples.

Linh said...

Beautiful cards and such a variety of styles!

Jeanne Beam said...

Such awesome cards! So creative...
Thanks for sharing.

AnnHG said...

Such a great variety of cards you made!

Kelsey Thomas said...

Neat cards! I really love the design of the third one. :)

Beth Merrill said...

These are all great cards. I love that even the kitty gets to hang out at "my happy place"!

L said...

Great cards!
I especially love the Tie dye looking card.

Sue D said...

All fabulous. Love the camping scene.

Karen L K said...

What a nice set of cards with so many different looks! Love that you spotted those coffee cups and I like how you used them. Very interesting how you did the tie dye background.