Monday, December 4, 2017

December Hero Arts Kit & Giveaway!

Here entereth my favorite Monday of the month - HERO ARTS KIT DAY! Those people AMAZE me over and over. 

I love that about crafting - even after decades and decades of papercrafting, I still feel like a five year old at Christmas every time I see a new stamp set. It just never gets old. I hope there's something similar in the lives of non-crafters, because it's very fun.

So today the December kit gets released, and I'm guest hopping with their incredible team again with this gorgeous kit - it speaks to my desert-loving heart in a big way. 

I'm using both the kit and the add-ons - so remember - the kit can sell out, but the add-ons will not. I will tell you which is which for each project today because I went completely crazy with this one. 

You can see the full kit and the add-ons under every card. So let's go to the desert!

Card #1 popped into my head the second I saw the kit. It is just all of my favorite things - the colors and imagery of the desert. Be still my heart!! I used the dunes image from the kit and stamped them in Butter Bar. Then I masked that image off with masking paper and stamped it again, repeating masking and stamping a few times. I watercolored the image with Daniel Smith watercolor - Hematite Burnt Scarlet, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Monte Amiata Natural Sienna and a homemade mix of Phthalo Green Blue Shade and Buff Titanium for the sky. I used that same mix to create rough shadows on the City Skyline Fancy Die die cut that I used to cut the image out of watercolor paper. I cannot lie - I love this card. It's my favorite of today. 

I matted it with black and put it on a white card base. The sentiment kills me! (It's from the kit as well - the die is an add-on so it will not sell out.)
Desert Card by Understand Blue



























My Monthly Hero Kit - December
[ HA ]
City Skyline Fancy Die
[ HA ]
All December add-ons for 10.7% off
[ HA ]
Avery Self-Adhesive Removable Laser...
[ AMZUS ]
Hero Arts Butter Bar Shadow Ink
[ HA | AMZUS | SSS | SBC | ELH ]
01767-5420 - Daniel Smith Extra Fine...
[ BLIC | ELH | ART | SSS ]
Hematite Burnt Scarlet Daniel Smith...
[ BLIC | SSS | ELH | AMZUS | ART ]
Quinacridone Burnt Orange
[ BLIC | ART | ELH | AMZUS | SSS ]
Buff Titanium
[ BLIC | AMZUS | ART ]
Monte Amiata Natural Sienna
[ BLIC | ELH | ART | AMZUS ]
Silver Brush - Black Velvet, Round #2
[ BLIC ]
Silver Brush Black Velvet Series...
[ AMZUS ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most...
[ SBC ]
MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool...
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW ]
Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
[ SUP ]
Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. Cold Press...
[ AMZUS ]
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock by...
[ SUP ]
Sizzix Big Shot Express Machine
[ BMS | ART | SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix Cutting Pad, Standard - Mint
[ ELH | SBC | SZZ | AMZUS | ART | SSS ]

The flying carpet images in the kit cried out for a galaxy background. I did a lot of masking on this scene. First I stamped the two people, and masked them with masking paper. Then I stamped the rug over them. Then I used masking fluid on all three, and painted the background. I sprayed the whole panel with water so the colors would run and bleed. I started with the yellow and then dropped in greys and purples and blues and burgundy - all Daniel Smith. I splattered Dr. Ph Martin's Pen white ink for stars, and then added details with a white gel pen to the larger stars. Then I removed the masking fluid and watercolored the people and the rug. I love what a good listener that guy is :D. The sentiment is from the Dream Big stamp set. (You can see more samples with that set here.)
Flying Carpet Card by Understand Blue






























My Monthly Hero Kit - December
[ HA ]
All December add-ons for 10.7% off
[ HA ]
Avery White Removable Multipurpose...
[ AMZUS | AMZUS ]
Schmincke Aqua Masking Fluids - BLICK...
[ BLIC | AMZUS ]
Dream Big Stamp Set
[ HA | ELH | SSS ]
Dream Big Frame Cuts
[ HA | ELH | SSS ]
Bordeaux
[ BLIC | SSS | ART ]
Phthalo Blue Red Shade
[ BLIC ]
Indigo
[ BLIC | ART ]
Azo Yellow
[ BLIC | ART | ELH | AMZUS ]
Carbazole Violet
[ BLIC | ELH | ART | SBC | AMZUS ]
Ultramarine Blue
[ BLIC | AMZUS | ELH | ART ]
Daniel Smith Neutral Tint Extra Fine...
[ BLIC | AMZUS | ELH ]
Stampin' Spritzer (126185)
[ SUP ]
Silver Brush - Black Velvet, Round #2
[ BLIC ]
Silver Brush Black Velvet Series...
[ AMZUS ]
Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. Cold Press...
[ AMZUS ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | SBC | SSS ]
Stewart Superior Memories India Ink...
[ AMZUS ]
Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
[ SUP ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight 10 Color...
[ AMZUS ]
Sakura - White Gelly Roll Medium...
[ MFT | SSS | ART ]
Dr. Ph. Martin's Pen-White, 1.0 oz
[ AMZUS ]
26929-1203 - Dr. Ph. Martin's...
[ BLIC ]

Next I decided to make a companion piece to the first card, using the beautiful City Skyline Die. (This is an add-on, so it won't sell out. See the end of this post to see how you can get all the add-ons for a discount!) The sentiment is from the kit. I die cut the skyline from watercolor paper, and then used the negative for a mask, and sponged Cornflower and Soft Pool ink in the background to make those buildings look like they were receding, and also to provide a complementary color for the warm stucco of the watercolored die cut. I used Hematite Burnt Scarlet and Quinacridone Burnt Orange again for that. Then I agonized for like three days over whether to leave the die cut openings showing the background, or make them black - I finally settled on white, so I cut a second piece, and pieced the little bits back in.

Life is an adventure card by Understand Blue


Speaking of skylines!! EEK!!! I used the negative space left by the die cut when I cut it out of black for a card below to create a colorful city with the illusion of sunlight falling on it on the left side, by putting a second, white negative cut behind it and a little offset. I used a panel that I had done wrinkle-free distress on with Distress Oxide inks (listed below). The sentiment is from the add-on bundle Make a Wish.
Distress Oxides - Skylines card by Understand Blue
























My Monthly Hero Kit - December
[ HA ]
City Skyline Fancy Die
[ HA ]
Make a Wish Stamp Set
[ HA ]
Make a Wish Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
All December add-ons for 10.7% off
[ HA ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most...
[ SBC ]
MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool...
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW ]
Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
[ SUP ]
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock by...
[ SUP ]
Sizzix Big Shot Express Machine
[ BMS | ART | SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix Cutting Pad, Standard - Mint
[ ELH | SBC | SZZ | AMZUS | ART | SSS ]
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
[ HA | AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Twisted Citron - Tim Holtz Distress...
[ MFT | AMZUS | BMS | JGG | ELH | SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress OXIDE Ink Pads...
[ BMS | MFT | ELH | JGG | SSS | SBC ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad -...
[ JGG | MFT | ELH | SSS | AMZUS | BMS | ART | SBC ]
Broken China - Tim Holtz Distress...
[ MFT | JGG | ELH | AMZUS | SSS | BMS | ART | SBC ]
Fossilized Amber - Tim Holtz Distress...
[ MFT | JGG | ELH | AMZUS | SSS | BMS | SBC ]


Then, in an ode to the best television show ever made, outside of Breaking Bad, I had to do an I Dream of Jeannie card. 

I sponged Picked Raspberry Oxide Ink into a cloud, and colored my sweet Jeannie as true to the show as I could, even though I strayed a bit on her bottle. 

This stamp and die are from the add-on bundle Make a Wish. She and the bottle are colored with the Copics listed below - the last three are the skin combo.

I dream of Jeannie card by Understand Blue






























My Monthly Hero Kit - December
[ HA ]
Make a Wish Stamp Set
[ HA ]
Make a Wish Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
All December add-ons for 10.7% off
[ HA ]
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress...
[ SBC | MFT | BMS | JGG | ELH | SSS ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Stampin' Trimmer (126889)
[ SUP ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW ]
MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most...
[ SBC ]
My Sweet Petunia MISTI Laser Etched...
[ ELH ]
MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool...
[ SSS ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
[ SUP ]
Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock by...
[ SUP ]
Big Shot by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC | AMZUS | ART ]
Y35 - Maize Sketch Marker (4695)
[ MFT | ELH | ART | SSS ]
Y26 - Mustard Sketch Marker (4692)
[ MFT | ELH | ART | SSS ]
R29 - Lipstick Red Sketch Marker (4593)
[ MFT | ELH | ART | SSS ]
E33 - Sand Sketch Marker (4502)
[ MFT | AMZUS | ELH | ART | SSS ]
E35 - Chamois Sketch Marker (4504)
[ MFT | AMZUS | ELH | ART | SSS ]
Y32 - Cashmere Sketch Marker (4694)
[ MFT | AMZUS | ELH | SSS | ART ]
YG06 - Yellowish Green Sketch Marker...
[ MFT | ELH | ART | SSS | AMZUS ]
E11 - Barely Beige Sketch Marker (4489)
[ MFT | ELH | ART | SSS ]
Copic Markers E51-Sketch, Milky White
[ AMZUS | MFT | ELH | ART | SSS ]
BV0000 - Pale Thistle Sketch Marker...
[ MFT | ELH | ART | SSS | AMZUS ]

I had to even it up with the boy version - I kept this one simple - Twisted Citron for the smoke, and just black and white. I love how the Oxides blend into the paper so smoothly. And just a tip - these dies come attached to each other and you normally snip them apart and use them separately. But I saw a great tip from Chris Dayton that I thought I'd share. Only snip apart the ones that are nested inside another shape - in the Make a Wish Frame Cuts, you'd only snip out the lamp that I'm using on this card. Then put the dies face down into your MISTI. place each of the stamp images into the matching die. Pick up all the stamps at once with the lid of the MISTI. Stamp the images, and BOOM - just put the connected dies down in place and die cut them all at once! This blew my mind, and I now regret cutting apart hundreds of dies! What an easy way to use your bundles! Put extra die cuts in with the stamp set. These are the wire snips I use. 
Green Genie card by Understand Blue






















My Monthly Hero Kit - December
[ HA ]
Make a Wish Stamp Set
[ HA ]
Make a Wish Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
All December add-ons for 10.7% off
[ HA ]
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pad,...
[ ELH | MFT | JGG | BMS | SSS | AMZUS | SBC ]
Stewart Superior Memories India Ink...
[ AMZUS | ART ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Stampin' Trimmer (126889)
[ SUP ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW ]
MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most...
[ SBC ]
My Sweet Petunia MISTI Laser Etched...
[ ELH ]
MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool...
[ SSS ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock by...
[ SUP ]
Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
[ SUP ]
Big Shot by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC | AMZUS | ART ]

Since I had the Oxides out, I did some wrinkle free Distress backgrounds for the last three cards to highlight the three new beautiful coordinating add-on dies.
Distress Oxides - Skylines card by Understand Blue
























My Monthly Hero Kit - December
[ HA ]
City Skyline Fancy Die
[ HA ]
Make a Wish Stamp Set
[ HA ]
Make a Wish Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
All December add-ons for 10.7% off
[ HA ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most...
[ SBC ]
MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool...
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW ]
Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
[ SUP ]
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock by...
[ SUP ]
Sizzix Big Shot Express Machine
[ BMS | ART | SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix Cutting Pad, Standard - Mint
[ ELH | SBC | SZZ | AMZUS | ART | SSS ]
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
[ HA | AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Twisted Citron - Tim Holtz Distress...
[ MFT | AMZUS | BMS | JGG | ELH | SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress OXIDE Ink Pads...
[ BMS | MFT | ELH | JGG | SSS | SBC ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad -...
[ JGG | MFT | ELH | SSS | AMZUS | BMS | ART | SBC ]
Broken China - Tim Holtz Distress...
[ MFT | JGG | ELH | AMZUS | SSS | BMS | ART | SBC ]
Fossilized Amber - Tim Holtz Distress...
[ MFT | JGG | ELH | AMZUS | SSS | BMS | SBC ]

Then I used the Old World Courtyard Fancy Die - and it is fancy - on a second background. I stamped the lanterns from the kit and used an itty bitty Copic Multiliner to draw the wires. Then I colored the insides of the lanterns with a white Sakura pen to make them stand out a bit more. The sentiment is from the kit. You definitely need a MISTI for the sentiments over Oxide ink - since it's a pigment ink, you'll need to overstamp several times to get a good black, or use a pigment ink like Versafine.
Distress Oxides - Lanterns card by Understand Blue
























My Monthly Hero Kit - December
[ HA ]
Old World Courtyard Fancy Die
[ HA ]
All December add-ons for 10.7% off
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
[ HA | AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Twisted Citron - Tim Holtz Distress...
[ MFT | AMZUS | BMS | JGG | ELH | SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress OXIDE Ink Pads...
[ BMS | MFT | ELH | JGG | SSS | SBC ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad -...
[ JGG | MFT | ELH | SSS | AMZUS | BMS | ART | SBC ]
Broken China - Tim Holtz Distress...
[ MFT | JGG | ELH | AMZUS | SSS | BMS | ART | SBC ]
Fossilized Amber - Tim Holtz Distress...
[ MFT | JGG | ELH | AMZUS | SSS | BMS | SBC ]
COPIC Multiliner SP - 0.03, Black
[ ELH | ART | AMZUS | BLIC ]
Sakura - White Gelly Roll Medium...
[ MFT | SSS | AMZUS | BLIC | SBC ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most...
[ SBC ]
MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool...
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW ]
Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
[ SUP ]
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock by...
[ SUP ]
Sizzix Big Shot Express Machine
[ BMS | ART | SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix Cutting Pad, Standard - Mint
[ ELH | SBC | SZZ | AMZUS | ART | SSS ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]

Finally, the images that made me squee when I saw the kit - I put three of them together into a little scene, where it would look like the crazy sky I made was reflected in the water. I wanted this, like the one above to look like you are looking out of an ornate building to something in the distance, and the scale of the images are perfect for that. The die is the Filigree Border Fancy Die, cut from Basic Black.
Distress Oxides - You are my Oasis card by Understand Blue





















My Monthly Hero Kit - December
[ HA ]
Filgree Border Fancy Die
[ HA ]
All December add-ons for 10.7% off
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
[ HA | AMZUS | ELH | SBC | SSS ]
Twisted Citron - Tim Holtz Distress...
[ MFT | AMZUS | BMS | JGG | ELH | SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress OXIDE Ink Pads...
[ BMS | MFT | ELH | JGG | SSS | SBC ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad -...
[ JGG | MFT | ELH | SSS | AMZUS | BMS | ART | SBC ]
Broken China - Tim Holtz Distress...
[ MFT | JGG | ELH | AMZUS | SSS | BMS | ART | SBC ]
Fossilized Amber - Tim Holtz Distress...
[ MFT | JGG | ELH | AMZUS | SSS | BMS | SBC ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
[ AMZUS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most...
[ SBC ]
MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool...
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW ]
Whisper White Cardstock - Thick
[ SUP ]
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock by...
[ SUP ]
Sizzix Big Shot Express Machine
[ BMS | ART | SBC | SSS ]
Sizzix Cutting Pad, Standard - Mint
[ ELH | SBC | SZZ | AMZUS | ART | SSS ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]

So here's what all comes in the kit6 x 8" Clear Stamp Set, 12 Coordinating Frame Cuts Dies, 1 Fancy Window Die, 5 ink cubes (Exclusive colors only available in this kit - Sapphire, Teal Topaz, Pink Tourmaline, Ruby, Tiger's Eye), 5.25" x 6.5" Stencil, Assortment of glitter stickers. It's an $80 collection for $34.99. They'll give away a kit to one person who comments on all the blogs in the hop - if you are already a subscriber, or you've bought one so you don't miss it, they'll refund you. 

Hero Arts December Kit
All the add-ons can be bought in a bundle for a discount (10.7% off) - they have some fun Henna Ink pads this month that use can use one of the add-on sets for skin-safe henna designs without all the work! 

All December add-ons for 10.7% off
So I hope you enjoyed those - here is the rest of the hop today - be sure and leave comments for your chance to win this kit!

The Hero Arts Blog
Yana Smakula
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Wanda Guess
Lydia Fiedler
Amy Tsuruta
Janette Kausen
May Park
Michelle Short
Clare Prezzia
Libby Hickson
Ilina Crouse
Kelly Latevola



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74 comments:

  1. Your cards are all fabulous Lydia ... love the city line multi-coloured birthday one the best of all ... then the rest come in second ....hahaha

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  2. What an amazing set of creations!! Each one is awesome in its own way! The night sky is something I just cant take my eyes off! Love your work! :)

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  3. I love what you did with this kit. So many great cards!

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  4. Live it! Can't wait to get mine as this is my first kit! I also bought some add-ons!

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  5. Amazing cards! Really impressed with your gorgeous oxide backgrounds. I'll have to purchase the cityscape die now that I've seen what you've done with it. Not a kit subscriber so I've learned to make a quick kit purchase and decide on add-ons later!

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  6. Oh my goodness, the first card was my favorite, but then they kept going and getting better and better. I am definitely going to get my watercolors out when working with this kit. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  7. I think these cards are better than visiting Morocco. They are
    beautiful and not a street vendor in sight!

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  8. Oh my gosh, these are all so beautiful! I think my favorite is the starry background with the good listener, but they are all stunning!! Thanks for the tip on the dies, I'll have to try that with my MISTI.

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  9. Thanks for sharing so many cards! Love those skyline cards.

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  10. You have been busy and it is a magnificent busy. I agree with you, the first card is my favourite, but they are all fabulous.

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  11. Fantastic cards.
    Love the use of the silhouettes so often.
    thanks for sharing.

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  12. Wow, Lydia, quite a beautiful collection. Your backgrounds are spectacular. Love the flying carpet card the best.

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  13. so many ideas - love both cards you used the sentiment 'life is an adventure' - great work

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  14. Beautiful, Unique, Colorful,Intersting, Magical, Mystical, Creative Backgrounds! Barbara Eden of I Dream of Jeane TV program, Aladdin, Arabian Nights would be proud of this kit. Great Job!

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  15. Wow, someone has been busy, love your backgrounds on the first two cards, stunning!

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  16. WOWZA! Just stunning! All of them! I Love your colors, patterns, designs, and an amazing kit. Love it! You out did yourself. Bravo! Just gorgeous!

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  17. I just love your cards. All the colors are amazing

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  18. Wow! just Wow! While I think the card I prefer is the very top one, I must say that all those with the skyline blew my mind. I am seeing this kit with new eyes. Thank for the inspiration.

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  19. Lydia, what can I say but WOW! I looked at your first design loved it and read through the description of how you put this together. Then BAM you hit me with the next design and I could not choose between them. By the end of your Blog Hop you had me completely in a tizzy I cannot choose a favourite from your selection of beautifully designed cards using the new Hero Arts kit and add ons. I am glad you did use the add ons because I will be able to get these at a later date too. You are amazing! :O)

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  20. Lydia, what can I say but WOW! I looked at your first design loved it and read through the description of how you put this together. Then BAM you hit me with the next design and I could not choose between them. By the end of your Blog Hop you had me completely in a tizzy I cannot choose a favourite from your selection of beautifully designed cards using the new Hero Arts kit and add ons. I am glad you did use the add ons because I will be able to get these at a later date too. You are amazing! :O)

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  21. These are gorgeous and soo amazing and creative!!

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  22. Love your cards and colors! This kit is awesome! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

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  23. The colors are STUNNING! I feel like I just went on a trip to Morocco with you. Thanks for the ride!

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  24. What a bunch of amazing cards, thanks for sharing!

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  25. Oh my goodness, your cards are stunning! I now have to add to my order....

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  26. MAgical and different! Love these!

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  27. Goodness did you have fun with this release! Such amazing and wonderfully beautiful cards. You are such a natural

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  28. I love the variety of backgrounds you created. Each was so beautiful and different.

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  29. Wow, I don’t know which card to comment and which not to, they r all so fabulous and love the vibrant colors.

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  30. love all the uses for those beautiful backgrounds

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  31. Wow. Fantastic cards. Love your sand dunes and the distress oxide bacgrounds against those beautiful diecuts. Great colors. I love the patterns in this kit.

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  32. I always love your work Lydia, but you have outdone yourself with these gorgeous cards! And I do love that he is such a great listener... I giggle with every one of your posts.

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  33. Oh my goodness, love
    your gorgeous cards!
    This kit is awesome
    and love what you
    did with it.
    Carla from Utah

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  34. Lydia, you did an absolutely stunning job with this month's kit. I love your cards!

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  35. Wow! Oh Wow each sample of what can be done with this kit and the add ons is totally amazing. Just beautiful thank your for sharing.

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  36. What brilliant ideas you come up with this new kit!

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  37. Love the colorin your cards. So pretty

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  38. Wow!I'm gobsmacked! Kept scrolling and kept being amazed. Beautiful cards. Thanks so much for sharingđź’–

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  39. um WOW!
    Your cards are amazing, as always.

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  40. Wow you have been busy creating all these clever and colorful cards.

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  41. Beautiful cards!! I love all the backgrounds!

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  42. Beautiful and creative cards!Loved how you did the multi-colored skyline one. I also love how you used the negative space for another card, clever. Love the black on the other card as well, very dramatic. Thanks for sharing. ~Gin K,~

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  43. Beautiful cards! I can't get over the variety of looks! I love the desert scene especially!

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  44. Love this kit! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  45. Wow your cards are amazing. I love all of them. Thanks for sharing...

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  46. What an amazing collection of cards. Every card is a small work of art. Thanks for sharing all of these with us.

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  47. Wow as always, Lydia. Your work is always stunning. I love all the unique backdrops you created. Such beautiful colors and movement of color!

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  48. There are so many options with this set! thank you for the ideas!

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  49. Such beautiful, fun cards. Your skyline with distress inks is breathtaking.

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  50. What gorgeous, fun cards Lydia! Wow! I am blown away by this kit! You have showcased it wonderfully.

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  51. WOW..you have created some fantastic cards!!

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  52. Amazing amazing amazing. Im loving how you used the oxide inks for backgrounds and they just made the images pop. Wonderful

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  53. Someone loves this kit and add ons as much as I do! You have been busy...and your cards are stunning.

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  54. Wow! Clearly you were inspired by this kit! I love me some fun bold oxide backgrounds, but the ones that really take my breath away are the ones you did with the Daniel Smith watercolors. I love how they blend to make such natural and gorgeous-looking backgrounds (even when there are magic carpets in front of a galaxy!). I love how you stamped and masked the dunes; you really nailed how to make them look lifelike. Thank you for sharing so many ideas! This post was a small masterclass for this kit!

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  55. Wow you went to town! You always make such interesting cards with interesting colors. There are many really colorful ones but that first brown card is a great color scheme for this set.

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  56. Wow, so many gorgeous cards! Thanks for all that inspiration

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  57. Wow! I'm totally in love for your breathless cards!!! Colors are amazing!!!

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  58. Love how you used this kit! Gorgeous backgrounds!

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  59. Lydia, all your cards were amazing however I still love the first one for the magic of each dune. What a beautiful job. love the I love Jennie card as well. All of them.

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  60. Wow oh WOW! What a fabulous batch of exotically gorgeous cards! That negative space skyline is swoon worthy!!

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  61. I am blown away at how beautiful your cards are! I would never have thought to use the negative space like that.

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  62. So many cards! This is such a unique new stamp set from Hero Arts.

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  63. Your cards are fabulous! Fun and beautiful. I love that cityscape die. TFS.

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  64. Wow ! That’s such a wonderful variety of card styles you gave us here ! Thank for it. margessw@icloud.com

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  65. Wooow absolutely stunning cards and colouring! I love the 2nd from last card!

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  66. Your work is always a joy to behold. I never know what to expect when I click on your name, yet I'm never disappointed.

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  67. Great cards - such great colors!

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  68. So many beautiful cards to choose from. I loved them in the sneak preview. The skyline can create such dramatic backgrounds. I like the way you used it in the "Life is an adventure" card.

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