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Sep 10, 2018

A New Stamp Kit

So I recently decided to subscribe to the Hero Arts "My Monthly Hero" stamp kit. It's my first time ever subscribing to a stamp kit and my September kit arrived this weekend! I wasn't sure what the kit would look like when I subscribed, but I thought it might be fall themed and I have to say I am LOVING it!

This is what the September kit looks like.

Aren't the stamps just beautiful!! And I'm loving the leafy oval die!

I spent some time this weekend playing with my new goodies, and here are 2 cards I made so far.

The first one uses only stamps from this kit.

I first heat embossed the vase using my Versafine Onyx ink pad and clear embossing powder. Then I stamped and heat embossed the floral stem from the Hero Arts September kit (with a post it note covering the vase).  I used the Daniel Smith watercolors and the little brushes that came with the kit to paint the image.  I wanted to add a little color to the background, so I cut out the shape of the floral branch and vase using the dies from the kit and I placed them over the image as a mask.
I splashed some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink onto the background by making a little puddle on my craft mat using the ink spritzed with water and then patted the card stock onto the mat. 

The sentiment is part of the stamp kit, this time I used Versamark Ink and white embossing powder for stamping and heat embossing on black card stock. Stamped, colored and cut out the leave and added it to the card with a glue dot. The paper piercing was done with an old piercing kit by Stampin Up. 

I am sharing this card here:
Little Red Wagon - CAS or One Layer
Simon Says Wednesday - Stamp on it
 If You Gave A Crafter A Cookie... - ATGoes this time
CAS on Friday –  Flowers 
Crafty Catz -  ATGoes or Add a Butterfly
Crafty Friends Challenge - embossing (wet or dry)
Dragonfly Dreams - Anything Goes
heARTful Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes + option: Fall

For my next card I only used the leafy oval frame from the My Monthly Hero stamp kit.  Love how it frames my cute Penny Black. 

Penny Black Sweet You // Hero Arts MMH September Kit // Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Aged Mahogany //  Bristol Vellum Paper // Versafine Onyx Ink // Ranger Clear Embossing Powder //  Zig Clean Color Markers //  Zig Detailer Brush //  Scotch ATG Glue Gun

I started out by die cutting the leafy oval shape from September Hero Arts kit with my Big Shot machine on white card stock. I then used some distress inks to ink up the die cut (Spiced MarmaladeRusty Hinge and Aged Mahogany were used). The cute image from the Penny Black set Sweet You and was stamped on Bristol Vellum Paper. I used a mix of Daniel Smith colors from the  September kit and a couple of Zig Clean Color Markers  for the skin tones. Would you believe I forgot (again!) to color the quills part of the hedgehog - I usually leave his tummy white - and just now as I type this I am noticing. Guess I can always color them later :-)

The bottom portion of the image panel was inked with shabby shutters distress ink to give it some color. Layered the leafy oval die cut over the image panel, then added the sentiment which is part of the stamp kit. A little May Arts jute twine finish off the card. 

I am sharing this card here:
Stinkin' Inkers - Leaves are Falling
Paper Shelter Challenge - Make it Bloom
Sunny Day Crafting - Any Animals Always
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge  L is for Leaves (3rd entry)
Brown Sugar –  All Creatures Great and Small
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes with PB
Send a Smile for Kids -Kids Halloween or ATG for Kids
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter
A Perfect Time To Craft - Always Anything Goes

Crafty Animals - Always Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas - Yellow
Crafting With An Attitude Always Anything Goes
Cutie Pie Challenge - Shades of Autumn

Below is a little more info in case anyone is interested in this kit. The September kit is now available for purchase while supplies last. 

If  you'd like to sign up for a subscription box and receive a kit monthly, your subscrition will start with the October kit (last year's October kit was Christmas themed!) But there is no way knowing yet what the October stamp kit this year will look like!

There are options for monthly subscrition, 3-months or 6 months subscriptions. I am signed up for the monthly subscription,  with this option you can cancel anytime before the 15th of the month if you no longer want to receive the kit, otherwise the kit will auto ship at release time. At this time you will have the the option of adding any additional stamps from that month's release and everything ships free with the kit (within the US). 
There were some beautiful additional sets released this month, but I didn't get any extras. Hero Arts does ship their kits an add-ons internationally as well, but shipping charges apply. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you're having a fabulous day! I woke up with neck pain today so I need to get my heating pad out. And hopefully I'll get some relief before my Pilates class, can't skip that today - I skipped too many over the summer!

This post contains affiliate links, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links, at no additional cost to you. The kit featured today as well as all other products have been purchased by me at full price, and all opinions are my own. 


  1. Great use of your new kit! The first one is so elegant and the second one looks warm and cute! They are both sweet!

  2. Beautiful Fall cards. That cute little critter in the card you submitted to Die Cut Divas is so cute and I love the design and colors, perfect for Fall. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for our September challenge of using yellow in your project.

    1. Thanks so much Arlene! Happy I was able to join in at Die Cut Divas this month!

  3. What beautiful cards Ellie - love the way you have used the elements of the kit.

  4. Two pretty card Ellie, the first a lovely CAS design and the hedgi in the second looks good framed with the leafy die.

    B x

    1. Thanks Brenda, I feel like I've been neglecting the cute Hedgies, so this die was a perfect way to incorporate one with something new :-)

  5. These are GORGEOUS! LOVING the colors and loving those sunflowers!!!!!!!

  6. I love it! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Crafter's Castle this week. We hope to see you next time too!
    Blessings, Jeanie
    Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
    Crafter's Castle

    1. Thanks so much Jeanie! Happy I was able to join in this time!

  7. Beautiful card. Love the colors used on the frame and the adorable image. Thanks for joining the Stinkin' Inkers challenge.

  8. OH! This kit does look fabulous! Specially that fun leafy oval! And both your cards are fabulous! Great job on your one-layer (they can be so hard!), I really like the fun background you created. Thanks for playing with Di's Digi Stamps.

    1. Thank you so much Heather! Yes, loving that leafy oval!

  9. Two beautiful cards and what a fab kit which you have showcased beautifully, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, x

  10. Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon this week.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Heather!

  11. I love the way you framed the hedge and the fabulous colours💕 Thanks so much for sharing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!

  12. This really is beautiful, love the framed little hedgehog and the beautiful flowers on the first card.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog.
    Have a great day :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by Tracy, and for your kind comment!

  13. Thank you Michelle!, glad I was able to join in!

  14. Hello Thanks for sharing your card with us at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog… your floral card is lovely and fits perfectly with our ‘Embossing’ theme… The other card you made is also lovely... good luck in the draw and please join us again.
    Diane Louise
    [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  15. Brilliant card and thanks so much for sharing at crafty catz this week and hope to see you next week. Dont forget we have a GDt call on going.

  16. Beautiful make. Love this project. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Animals. Hugs Traci DT xx

  17. Wow I love both of your cards. Great colours and design. Thank you for joining in the fun at Alphabet Challenges. We would love for you to visit us again. Caz. DT.

  18. Very nice!! Thank you for joining us at challenge Crafty Friends Challenge
    DT Claudia

  19. Such lovely fall cards! I often thought of getting an MFT or Papertrey Ink kit for the simplicity of it all, but I never have.

  20. Oh, Ellie, I always love seeing your cards in the gallery! This one is no exception. Love that leaf die and the absolutely adorable critter it's framing. Thank you so much for playing with us at Stinkin' Inkers and would love to see you back in our gallery soon.

  21. Cute hedgehog card. Thank you for sharing with us at Cutie Pie this month.

  22. Gorgeous card - love the way you did the light color wash in the background. And the hedgehog is cute too! :) Congratulations on making Top 3 over at my heARTful stamping challenge this past week. Come back to visit!

  23. Lovely cards, really beautiful!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at Cas on Friday!
    Mariken DT

  24. So gorgeous card! Thank for playing with us at Di's Digi challenge.
    Nathalie DT

  25. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Stinkin Inkers, good luck!!! Amy DT

  26. Beautiful colouring!
    Angie Scrapchild DT for

  27. Gorgeous card, thanks for sharing with us at the Cutie Pie challenge xx

  28. Beautiful kit and cards!


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