1 May 2017

May My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today I have the pleasure to be taking part in the Hero Arts May My Monthly Hero Kit Blog Hop. The kit releases today and it is absolutely beautiful! I just adore these mermaids. They are so beautifully drawn and I love the sentiments and accompanying images too.
 
If you are following along with the hop, you should have arrived here from Libby's Blog but if you get lost along the way, you can find the full list of participants below.
 

For my card, I started off by stamping the mermaid, starfish and fish, from the stamp set using Intense Black Ink. These were coloured with Copic Markers and then I cut them out using the coordinating dies. I added dots of Copic Spica glitter pens to the mermaid's tail and also to the starfish and fish. I took the 'sending mermaid kisses and starfish wishes' sentiment from the stamp set and stamped this using Versamark Ink on to a piece of watercolour paper. I applied White Embossing Powder and then heat set.
 
 
I then went to town creating the background panel. I did go a little mad with the layers but I do like how it turned out! I first made layers of ink with the Nuvo Aqua Flow pens in Fresh Green, Aqua Splash and Azure Blue and water. I then added water to Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Cornflower Blue and Aquamarine and pounced these on to the card base too. They give a lovely shimmer to it. I then added a few splatters with water from a mister bottle.


Once dry, the panel was cut down using one of the dies from the Nesting Rectangles Infinity Dies set. The panel was added to a white A2 card base and then the mermaid, fish and starfish were added with foam tape. It is a little difficult to see the sentiment in the photos but it is easier to read in real-life!
 

SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the letters below the product to shop at your favourite store - Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Hero Arts (HA), Seven Hills Crafts (SHC) Amazon (AZ) etc. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.


 
COPIC MARKERS: Mermaid - Skin: E21, E51, E50, R20. Hair: E47, E57, E25, E23. Top & tail: BG49, BG34, BG13, BG11, Spica 12 Silver, Spica 08 Turquoise. Starfish - Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11, Spica 16 Buttermilk. Fish - V06, V05, V01, Spica 13 Lilac.
 

THE KIT:
 
 The May MMH Kit contains:
1 4"x6" clear stamp set
18 coordinating dies (5 fancy dies & 13 frame cuts)
1 6"x6" stencil
A selection of Cyrene sequins
3 ink cubes - Deep Blue, Aqua & Amethyst
5 5"x6" aceate sheets
1 bottle of turquoise silk liquid ink
3 sheets of 6"x6" lightweight paper (ice blue, marble tissue & swirl tissue)
 
That is a whopping $70 for only $34.99 (approx. £28.00). It limited edition so grab one while you can. You can purchase it HERE. You can also subscribe here so that you never miss a kit!

There are several amazing add-on products this month too. These are not limited edition and can be purchased from any Hero Arts retailer. Here is a look at them: 



 
 
BLOG HOP:

Michelle Short - you are here!

GIVEAWAY:

Hero Arts are giving away one kit to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. If the winner has already purchased the kit, they will be reimbursed for it. Giveaway closes Sunday, May 7th at 11.59pm EST. The winner will be announced the following week.

As you can see, the next person in the hop is the fabulous Ilina. I didn't use the papers that come in the kit on my card today but let me tell you, they are gorgeous! You can see me use them in my countdown post here. Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.

175 comments:

  1. Your water base texture looks like the water in the ocean... so beautifully created.

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  2. Beautiful! Love your background too! 😍 Thanks for the giveaways and inspiration! 😘❤️

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  3. The whole card is great, but I love the beautiful colors in your background.

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  4. Your card is great! It is nice to see some sea inspired products. Thank you to Hero Arts for the chance to win

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  5. wow your background is amazing love your design thank you for sharing

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  6. What a beautiful background, love it. It is so serene. Thanks

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  7. Love the watercolor background!

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  8. Gorgeous! My girls love mermaids! Just bought my kit today!

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  9. What a lovely card! I especially like your background - beautifully done!

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  10. I love this card, the background is a work of art.

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  11. Michelle, this is magical!!

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  12. Gorgeous cards and kit!Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Great card. I like your colors, they have a "sunny" feel and they jump off the page. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. This card is beautiful from the amazing background to the beautifully colored mermaid! A great kit from Hero Arts,that's for sure!

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  15. Oh happy day! Love Hero Arts kit release days! I get to see tons of inspirational creations and drool over the new kits, TFS!

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  16. This is just stunning & so inspirational, love all the shimmer :)

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  17. Your background is amazing. Thank you for telling us how you did it because I would not have figured it out.

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  18. Fabulous background!! Thanks so much for the details of how you created it! Great tip on using the Nuvo mousse - I'll have to try that!

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  19. Wow, you did go to town on that background, but it's amazing so was definitely worth it - and probably a whole lot of fun too! looks like a fab kit - that manatee is very cute in the add on kit! xx

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  20. Cute card. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. Just a beautiful card, love that background!

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  22. very nice card. I especially like the background. It looks so cool!

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  23. What a gorgeous background! Love the addition of the sentiment in white - such a great way to add it without detracting from your lovely scene.

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  24. I like your card! And I like this kit. Thank you Michelle, and thank you HA!

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  25. Lovely design!! That background is awesome!

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  26. I think your background was fantastic. I love the design of the card. Great job.

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  27. That is a VERY interesting background!!!

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  28. I love the beautiful backgrounds in this hop!

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  29. The under water sea background compliments this mermaid wonderfully.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  30. Your background is stunning and makes a great foundation to build on. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Beautiful card, love the instructions for making the background. Nice for when you run out of specialty papers.

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  32. So pretty! I love how the background turned out, too! Thank you for sharing.

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  33. So pretty! I love how the background turned out, also! Thank you for sharing.

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  34. So pretty! I love how the background turned out, also! Thank you for sharing.

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  35. Liovely cards. This kit is huge. I can't believe the price. I hope it doesn't sell out before I can get one.

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  36. Wonderful "Under the Sea" imagination. Can't wait to get started on some cards.

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  37. Your cards using this kit have all been fantastic.

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  38. Love the beautiful background you created for this mermaid.

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  39. Beautiful card! That background is amazing! Loving this kit! It's a winner! Great blog hop too! so much inspiration and talent. Thanks for sharing yours!

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  40. Beautiful! What an amazing kit!

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  41. Terrific background. Thanks for the inspiration

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  42. your card is just gorgeous!!

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  43. Michelle your card is just spectacular!! I Love the background you did. The colors are just beautiful with your mermaid scene!!

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  44. Love your card and the beautiful background coloring! :)

    I have really enjoyed hopping along, so many wonderful creations ♥ Tindaloo

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  45. Oh my the background is gorgeous

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  46. Fabulous!! The Nuvo paste looks like such fun to use with truly awesome results. Your background is amazing!

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  47. I love this so much precious mermaid in a beautiful watercolor ocean. Great job

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  48. I like the background colors they are soft and gentle and look wonderful. the card is fantastic

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  49. This is such a GORGEOUS background! I need to go look up the supplies you used to make it, because it is simply stunning!

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  50. Awesome job with the watercolor background!

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  51. Great background, beautiful card.

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  52. Beautiful! Lovely watercoloring! TFS

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  53. I love the way you used the components of the package.

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  54. Gorgeous card. That background is beautiful.

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  55. The background is so beautiful! Makes me miss the ocean!

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  56. That background is seriously stunning!

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  57. Love the background on your card!

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  58. Wow! At first, I thought your background was one of the specialty papers in the kit, so there must be a method to your madness. I love this kit and can't wait to go a little mad with it myself. Keep the inspiration coming!

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  59. I like the background of your awesome card.

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  60. Really lovely card! The background is just beautiful ��

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  61. What a stunning background ... so watery & ethereal

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  62. Love the background on your card; have yet to try those pens. Beautiful card!

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  63. So pretty, I love the background too!

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  64. Kit is already sold out so if I win I will have to come back to your blog and try your idea. I think it would be fun! Thanks

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  65. stunning cards thank you for sharing

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  66. The colors in your background are wonderful -- tropical and inviting. So cute.

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  67. Wow! Stunning backgrounds!

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  68. I LOOOOVE this set!!! So beautiful, and my niece will love it too!!!
    xoxo,
    Azana H.

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  69. Wonderful background, lovely colors!

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  70. Awesome background and a very pretty card! Love it!

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  71. Just beautiful the kit is awsome

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  72. This is the first kit I've ordered and I'm so excited. These look like so much fun. Glad I saw the preview and set an alarm in my calendar to place the order.

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  73. Embellishment mousse is something I have never tried working with. Your beautiful background has opened my interest in trying something new. This is a fun kit.

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  74. Your cards make me want this set!

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  75. Stunning card and colouring!!!

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  76. Love your card Michelle! Can't wait to get my kit!

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  77. Wow Michelle!! Your background is mesmerizing!! So perfect for your pretty little mermaid! πŸ’–πŸ˜Š

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  78. Your card is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

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  79. Georgeous background. Beautiful card.

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  80. that background is absolutely amazing!

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  81. Oh, the background is almost too beautiful for words! Love it, love it. How I'd like to win this kit as the exchange rate makes it prohibitive to order at this time. Drat! :)

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  82. Love the watercoloring background.
    It makes great water.
    thanks for sharing.

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  83. Gorgeous card! Love this card kit.

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  84. Love the colors in your background. Wonderful card

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  85. Love this card, Michelle! Such pretty colors.

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  86. Great card! Love your beautiful background!

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  87. oh Michelle, your card is so beautifful!!!

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  88. Wow! Love how you created the background! So awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  89. Wow!! Amazing background and coloring!!

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  90. Love the background! Amazing! I am so incredibly sad that I missed out on this kit.

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  91. Love the water color background you used for the stamped mermaid and sea creatures! BEautiful! I just love this kit, and I love mermaids and the ocean. thanks for sharing. ~Gin K.~

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  92. Beautiful card, fantastic kit, LOVE the Reef Frame die.

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  93. Beautiful background and very beautiful card!!

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  94. A beautiful background. Nice card!

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  95. What a beautiful card! That background is just amazing. What a great kit!

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  96. Great card. Love your backdrop.

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  97. That background is stunning!

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  98. LOVE THAT BACKGROUND!!! It's really beautiful! Thank you for sharing your card.

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  99. Absolutely gorgeous card ! Your watercoloured background is just stunning! Wonderful showcasing for this new kit.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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  100. Living in Florida I do like good beachy/ocean/mermaid/fishy themed products. I absolutely love this set. Thanks for the giveaway....

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  101. Beautiful card amazing background would love to win the kit

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  102. Background came out beautiful

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  103. Almost 3D and looks like under the sea for sure Beautiful

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  104. I have been looking for the perfect mermaid stamps FOR YEARS! These are the perfect mermaid stamps, I am in love and desperate to have this set!!! I waited 24 hours too long to order because I stupidly promised my husband that I wouldn't order anything new until we sold our house and now I am so sad because they are all gone.

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  105. Fantastic background, love your card!

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  106. Your card is stunning!!! The background is sooo pretty! I love it! This kit is just so lovely!

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  107. Beautiful card!! Love the background!!

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  108. What a wonderful card. Your background colors are beautiful. Thanks for sharing...

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  109. Great underwater scene.Love the background!

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  110. Such a pretty background,just makes you want to jump in and go swimming wit h that little mermaid.

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  111. This is such a lovely card. Your tutorial for creating your background is such a great help for another way to image water for this kit. Thanks for sharing this and for being part of this blog hop.

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  112. Love Love LOve your background. So pretty, the colors beautiful.

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  113. Beautiful background goes so well with your mermaid and sentiment.

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  114. I would love to win this kit, since it sold out so fast! Your card is fantastic; the background is perfect for a mermaid. Thank you for your example and for teaching me how to use embellishment mousse! Love the sparkle...

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  115. Your card is lovely and the watercolor sets the perfect scene

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  116. Such a pretty card & I really like the background.

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  117. Beautiful cards! Love the ink and mermaid.

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  118. Wow! I don't know anything about the Nuvo pens, but I love your background!

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  119. I LOVE this Michelle! That background looks totally fabulous and you used the products really well together. I have just bought three more mousses, one was aquamarine so it's lovely to see how it looks on a card. Gorgeous x

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  120. I don't think you went mad at all! That background is STUNNING!

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  121. This background is one of my favorites. I love how light and cool it looks with the water drops creating bubbles.

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  122. I love the colors you used for the ocean and your card is just amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  123. Michelle, your card is beautiful! Love the background! Another fabulous kit this month! No wonder it's already sold out! :(

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  124. what a stunning card!! i love this!!! thanks for sharing!

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  125. The background is very stunning...love the mermaid images in this set.

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  126. As always, I love your samples, Michelle & this background is STUNNING!!!
    This kit is right up my street, so it would be amazing to win something - thank you for the opportunity.
    all the best,

    Liz M xx

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  127. Wonderful background, great card!

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  128. Such a stunning card, that background is absolutely gorgeous with all those layers and the way it reacted to water. It looks like she's really underwater! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  129. I have never used nuvo pens, but your background is amazing. Thamk you for sharing.

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  130. Lovely background. Veery beautiful card.

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  131. That background is so beautiul! Love the vibrant colors.

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  132. Great background. So pretty. I want to try it now!

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  133. Your background for the pretty mermaid is amazing - so very beautiful !

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  134. Beautiful card, love the background!

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  135. Stunning card and love the background!

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  136. Your background is so pretty. The variation of colours is really neat.

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  137. beautiful background colors! great combination, just perfect

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  138. Lovely cheerful colors! A fab kit!

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  139. I love the colors you used for the background. It's different from all the other cards that I have seen so far. It's so cool and it makes me want to jump in even though it's not very warm out today. We might have frost tonight in CT and that makes swimming in the ocean not very inviting. Can you believe frost in May? I love your card, I love this kit and I love that I could win this!

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  140. Very beautiful background

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  141. Awesome cards, awesome kit.

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  142. Gorgeous! Your background is wonderful. This new Hero Arts kit is their best yet!

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  143. Beautiful I love it and the kit!!

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  144. Goodness, what a fantastic background! I'm not sure I understand exactly how you did it, but I love it! Not familiar with the Aqua Flow pens, but they produced a lovely effect.

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  145. Love your background! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing 😊

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  146. Awesome colors and details! This kit is my favorite one so far!

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  147. Gorgeous card, and the background is stunning! Worth every layer ;)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  148. SO MUCH FUN! Love this card and kit!
    ~God bless~

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  149. Beautiful Card. Your copic coloring abilities are amazing!!! The background is to die for. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  150. I love all the layers you did for the background. Love to win! I adore the mermaid stamps and the beautiful papers in the kit !

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  151. Really love the background! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  152. This is fantastic! Love the oceanic theme and the brilliant blues and greens. This month's kit is awesome sauce! I'm so looking forward to playing with it.

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  153. Such a pretty background that goes great with the nice mermaid!

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  154. Nice work! I love the mermaid background! I'm gonna have to try that!

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