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Jan 7, 2019

A Little bit of Magic and New *January* Hero Arts Kit Release

Happy Monday! Winter break is over today - it went way too fast as always but I think we were all ready to get back to a normal schedule.

I did get inky yesterday and created a couple of cards using the December My Monthly Hero kit, and it is still available if you're interested in it. Today is also the release of their January kit, along with some other gorgeous add on options.

But first I am showing you the cards I made yesterday with the December kit.

Both are kept clean and simple:
These step by step instructions are for the fairy card:

  • I  heat embossed the fairy from the Hero Arts kit using Versafine Onyx ink and Clear Embossing Powder.
  • Stamped the fairy again on a post it note and fussy cut to use as a  mask.
  • With the mask in place I stamped and heat embossed the flower over the fairy.
  • I cut another mask for the flower so I coud ink up the background.
  • Masked edges off with washi tape.
  • Inked background with Distress Oxide ink.
  • Removed all masks and colored images with Copic Markers.
  • I brushed some clear glitter with a Wink Of Stella brush over the fairy and flower.
  • Sentiment from the same kit was stamped with Versafine Onyx Ink.
  • Mounted card donto white card front.

Not the best photos, it's been so cloudy and rainy this morning!
The sequins are included with the December kit.

On the second card I fussy cut the flower and mouse after coloring with Copic Markers. (Matching dies are included in the kit, but I really enjoy fussy cutting.) The inked square has also been trimmed and added to the card base (I didn't really plan on this, but when I removed the washi tape after inking it was so sticky that it tore some of the white border. (I hate when that happens!) For this card I decided to find a thin paper strip in my scrap box (this card proves that it's worth keeping even the thinnest of paper scraps :-) and I added another scrap to the right side of the card to bring the design together. Sentiment is also from the kit and Wink Of Stella glitter finishes off the card.

So which one do you like better? I thought about adding a flower stem to the fairy card as well, but then decided this fairy is dreaming about floating on a flower.

Sharing with these challenges:
STAMPlorations Challenge Blog -Stamps and Animals

Make My Monday - Words or Sentiments
Pile It On  - Land Animals (mouse card)
Stamping Sensations - Fabulously Feminine (fairy card)
Crafty Calendar - Make It Flowery
Crazy 4 Challenges - Make Your Favorite Card Type (cute and somewhat CAS)
Crafty Animals - Use Animall Stamps (mouse card)
The Fairy and The Unicorn - Anything Magical Goes (fairy card)
Art Impressions Stamp Challenge - Pretty Pastels  (fairy card)
Daisy Chain Challenges - Add some Sparkle

And then there are lots of Anything Goes Link Up: sharing here:
Artistic Stampers Anything Goes
Create With TLC -  Anything Goes
As You Like It Challenge - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes 
Crafter's CastleAnything Goes 
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft  Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft- Anything Goes

I am also really excited about the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero January kit, that was release today, and can't wait to receive mine in the mail. I am a subscriber, so mine will ship automatically. It is now also availabe to order.

Here is what the January kit looks like and what is all included:MMH December
Another photo with some gorgeous ideas:

Isn't it beautiful!! By the way, Hero Arts Orders of $50 or more do ship for free (within the US). Each kit is $34.99. Subscribers do get free shipping on each kit, it's what I am doing. If you are interrested in a subscription you can read all about that here, but just so you know, if you subscribe today, your subscription will start with the February kit, and you would not receive this one.

Thanks so much for visiting today! Stay warm!

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Also, I do not design for Hero Arts, all products featured on my blog are purchased at full prize (unless noted otherwise) and all opinions are my own.


  1. Two beautiful cards. I love the little mouse.
    Glad you stopped by at 613 Avenue Create.
    Hugs Sheryl xx

    1. Thanks so much for visiting, Sheryl!

  2. Oh wow!!!! LOVE, love, love them both, and can't choose a favourite!! These stamps are so sweet and your colouring just amazing! Great how you added the thin strip of that beautiful dp to make an unique design! And the fairy dreaming on the "floating" flower is really delicious!!! LOVE!

    1. Thank you, Alice. I'm not doing the best coloring with copic markers, but as long as I don't overthink the blending process too much, I really enjoy coloring with them!

  3. Beautiful cards Ellie - love them both, but the second one (with the mouse) is my favourite. The added strips of paper are perfect

    1. The mouse one seems to be more popular, it was my hubby's favorite one too :-)
      Thanks for stopping by, Maxine!

  4. Such a pretty card for our 'Fabulously Feminine' theme at Stamping Sensations January challenge, thanks so much for joining in.

    B x

    1. Thanks Brenda, happy I was able to join in this month!

  5. Two beauties in gorgeous colours, love the mouse especially

  6. These are GORGEOUS! LOVING that fairy and the mouse!!!!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Julie!

  7. A really pretty card Ellie and definitely 'Fabulously Feminine' for our challenge! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  8. Both Great CAS cards I love the cute mouse too and the sentiment.Thank you for joining us at Daisy Chain
    Carol DT x

    1. Thanks so much Carol, glad I was able to share at Daisy Chain this time!

  9. Fun card! Thanks for sharing with us at Stamplorations Theme & Sketch this month!

  10. Beautiful cards. Thank you for joining us at Make My Monday. Emma

  11. These are wonderful! I especially love the little mouse! Thanks for joining us at Art Impressions.

  12. That mouse is totally adorable, Ellie, and I love the 'stem' on his flower! Great design idea. Thanks so much for playing along with us in our "Anything Goes" challenge at QKR Stampede this week. Hope to see you again in our next challenge.
    NanaConnie DT

  13. These are beautiful cards! Love the design a lot and wonderful colouring. Thank you for sharing your talent with us at CRAFTY CATZ. Best of luck with your entry. Nick

  14. Such a adorable images the mouse is so cute, and your colouring is great! Thanks for joining us at the Fairy and Unicorn Challenge this month with your dreamy fairy card, hope to see you again soon Claire DT member

  15. Both cards are so beautiful!!! I love Love LOVE the mouse cute and sweet and I love dandelions so it stole my heart. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafter's Castle this month....good luck :)
    Hugs... Janie
    Crafter's Castle

  16. I just love these! That blue background you created is so pretty!

  17. Very cute projects! Cute and elegant! Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Alina DT for

  18. Gosh, these are so sweet... thank you for joining in at AYLI this time. Sarah DT

  19. Beautiful card and gorgeous colours too. Thank you for joining in at As You Like It. Lynne DT

  20. Thank you for Entering a Perfect time to craft. Good use off colour. Well Done. Keep up the good work. Thank you for entering a Perfect time to craft. Karen Neil DT

  21. Really beautiful cards and wonderful coloring. Thanks for joining us at Pile It On and hope to see you again.
    Tammy DT

  22. Great card, well done! Thanks for joining us at Daisy Chain Challenges.

    groetjes, Ellen

  23. These are fabulous and beautifully crafted! Thanks so much for leaving these in our mailbox at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner/Designer
    613 Avenue Create Challenge

  24. Ellie this is so beautifully designed and perfect for our January challenge. Thanks for sharing your creative talent with us. Good luck.
    {Color It Create It Show It Off Challenge DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  25. Both cards are fantastic. Super job. Thank you for sharing with us at Simply Create Too - Myrna DT

  26. So sweet, made me smile :) Thank you for joinig in The Artistic Stamper Creative Challenge

  27. These cards are so cute. Beautiful style.
    Thank you for joining at stamping Sensations this month.


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