8 January 2018

Hero Arts January 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today we are celebrating the release of the January 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts. It is lovely love themed kit which is perfect for Valentine's Day but can be used all year round too. If you are following along in the hop, you should have arrived here from the fabulous Janette but if you get lost along the way, I have the full list of participants below.
 

As much as I like the main kit, I couldn't help but use one of the add-ons for my cards today. The Love Bandit set is just so cute and I love that it can also be used for Valentine's cards or as I have used it, for general all occasion cards. My first card uses the raccoon holding the bunch of flowers. I started off by stamping him in Intense Black on to white cardstock. He was then coloured in using Copic Markers and fussy cut out with scissors (there are coordinating dies available, I just do not have them yet).
 
 
I then took a panel of white cardstock and scored lines on to it using my score board. I used to do this a lot but haven't in a while and then I saw Yana do it recently and it encouraged me to try it again. I love the look! This panel was added to a white A2 card base and then I added the raccoon on with foam tape. I took the 'thanks' sentiment from the Many Everyday Messages set, stamped it with Versamark Ink on to a strip of black cardstock and added white embossing powder. The powder was heat set and then the strip added to the card with more foam tape. To finish off, I added a few Ice Cube jewels and black glaze pen on the raccoon's eyes and nose.
 
SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the card. 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 logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Raccoon - W8, W6, W5, W3, W1, W0. Flowers - RV55, G43.
 
 
I kept my next card very simple too and used the same design. This time, I used one of the raccoons holding the heart. I stamped him out and coloured with Copic Markers too. He was fussy cut out and set aside. I took another panel of white cardstock and stamped the Hugs and Kisses Message on to it using black ink.
 
 
I took the panel and again added score lines with my score tool and a bone folder. This time, I made sure to score up to the sentiment stamp but not over it. The panel was added to an A2 white card base and then the raccoon added on top with foam tape. To finish off, I added shimmer pen to the heart and Crystal Glaze to the raccoon's eyes and nose. I love the different look of the scoring lines. One is embossed and one is de-bossed. I think I like them both equally.
 
SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the card. 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 logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Raccoon - W8, W6, W5, W3, W1, W0, R12, R00. Heart - V17, V15, V12.
 
THE KIT:

The January 2018 kit contains the 4" x 6" Layered on Love clear stamp set, four coordinating dies, 4 ink cubes (Passion Flower, Red Royal, Navy and Mulled Wine), 2 sheets of decorative paper, 3 sheets of cardstock, heart sequin mix and Pink Prisma embossing powder.
 
 

That is an amazing $62 worth of products for only $34.99 (approximately £25.80 depending on exchange rate). Remember that the kits are limited edition and often sell out very quickly. You can subscribe here so that you never miss a kit. International kit subscribers also receive money off shipping too!
 
There are lots of fabulous add-on products that you can purchase this month too. These are not limited edition and can be purchased from the Hero Arts store or your favourite Hero Arts retailer. Here is a look at them:
 
 
VIDEO HOP:

Here is the full list of participants taking part in the hop today:
 
Michelle Short - you are here!
 
GIVEAWAY:

Hero Arts are giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader, selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Be sure to comment on all of the stops for more chances to win. Giveaway closes Sunday, January 14th at 11.59pm EST and the winner will be announced the following week. If the winner has already purchased the kit, they will be reimbursed for it.
 
The next person on the hop is the fabulous Libby. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great time on the rest of the hop and a fabulous day!

102 comments:

  1. So simple but so cute. Love it!

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  2. love this sweet card - the CAS design is perfect:)

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  3. So cute. Love the background and the simple message he carries. :)

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  4. That scored background is so pretty and makes the raccoon really pop!

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  5. Such a clean and simple sweet little raccoon card!!! I like that you can use this for a thank you card also! Thanks for the inspiration! And thanks for sharing!

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  6. Absolutely love your card! It's so simple, but well balanced with the scoring and the cute sentiment! Love it -

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  7. love the racoons! You cards are adorable

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  8. Love the scored lines on your background. Those raccoons are too cute!

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  9. Ack! This is SO cute! I absolutely love how your cute little 'coon pops off that awesome background!

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  10. What could be cuter than that little love bandit. Love your design.

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  11. This is an amazing kit and add-ons and your cards are so adorable!

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  12. I learn so much from everyone but I love your card and the raccoon is sooo darn cute!

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  13. That’s such a lovely duo of cards ! That little raccoon is the cutest !
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  14. This little guy is SO adorable!

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  15. Super cute card. I started scoring again like Yana too. Makes for a great background to this adorable raccoon. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Love your cards, the raccoon and the simplicity - I am really a fan of sometimes less is more.

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  17. Love the background and the little touch of lavendar (my favorite color). The little raccoon is a cutey!!!

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  18. Very cute card - great items in this month's kit as well!

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  19. Cute card! This month's kit has some great items!

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  20. You are so right-- that raccoon is just stinkin' cute (from someone who doesn't 'do' critters!) and the embossed background is so very effective. Thank you for a cute card!

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  21. OOOO! Such sweet cards! I just love the adorable raccoon!

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  22. I love the background you created and the raccoon is just too cute.

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  23. Great idea using the scoreboard to make that cute card!

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  24. Love the kit! But, your use of the add on is wonderful too. Scoring is something I used to do, too, way back when. Glad to see it being used once again.

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  25. Lovely and simple cards!! The raccoon is really a cute character. I will definitely be using the scoring ‘technique’ on my next card. Thanks for sharing. Cannot wait for the kit 😍

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  26. These adorable little coons looks fabulous on your scored background! I love how that hugs & kisses is heart shaped!

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  27. Such a simple yet cute card. That scoring technique is one I plan on trying. Take care.

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  28. Love the kit! Cannot wait to start making cards with these beautiful stamps.

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  29. Sweet card! I love that little raccoon! Love this HA kit of the month! Great blog hop! So much talent and inspiration! Thanks for sharing yours!

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  30. Adorable card! I never thought of using my score board to make my own design on a card, genius!!

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  31. Cute raccoon and I like the scored background.

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  32. Love the background and, of course, the raccoon!

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  33. Love the embossed background the raccoon is so adorable.

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  34. Your scoring is an absolutely perfect background to highlight that adorable critter -- perfect!

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  35. Beautiful cards, love your CAS design and awesome scoring details.

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  36. I love the simplicity of this card! A good card for the man in my life, he would love the raccoon. I do too,!

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  37. LOVE your card and the fun background scoring technique :)

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  38. I adore this card! So sweet and so perfect for many different ages.

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  39. LOVEly Cards. Thanks for the fabulous inspiration!

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  40. Adorable cards. Thanks for sharing....

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  41. The Love Bandit set is my favorite of this release and your cards are adorable!

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  42. Both cards are so, so adorable with those cute raccoons! Love the scored backgrounds, it adds such great interest!

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  43. That raccoon stamp makes me smile...so cute! Love your cards they are perfect!

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  44. I always look forward to seeing your cards! These are no exception...Cute as can be!

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  45. I love that you created your own background that is really creative. Love the simplicity of this card and that it is a thank you card and not a valentines card.

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  46. LOVE how you scored the BG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to try that!!!! SO GORGEOUS!~ Very classy and clean!

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  47. Michelle,

    I can completely see why you chose these adorable add on to make your card with! He is such a cutie, and I love both cards you created with him. I never thought to use my score board to create such interesting backgrounds, thank you for sharing the idea. I will definitely try this in the future. In the meantime, thank you for the inspiration and the beautiful cards. These kits and their add ons always blow me away.

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  48. I think these are ADORABLE

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  49. Your cards are so sweet and I love the embossed lines it really adds just the right touch!

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  50. Adorable! I love those raccoons!

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  51. darling card, Michelle - love the expression on the little raccoon's face!

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  52. I love how you used them for something other than Valentines day. Beautiful cards.

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  53. Such a cute little critter! Love the scored background.

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  54. Great cards, Michelle! I was surprised when I read your description. I thought you used an embossing folder for the background. Really cool!

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  55. really a neat card, very pretty and interesting.

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  56. Love the elegance and simplicity of this card. That raccoon bandit is too cute.

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  57. Adorable card. Love the embossed background. Thanks for the inspiration

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  58. I love simple cards, so sweet xx

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  59. Really Cuuuuuute! I love it xx Mary Wright xx

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  60. This raccoon has definitely stolen my heart!!💗

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  61. Totally fun and sweet, thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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  62. What a gorgeous card! Just so beautiful and the raccoon is so much fun. I love the scoring of the backgound, I've been doing it too!

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  63. The scoring looks fantastic! Love this sweet raccoon!

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  64. Fantastic CAS card!! Love the cute raccoon with the beautiful background!

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  65. Your scored background is the perfect touch for this beautiful clean card!

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  66. This is my first time here! Very nicely done! Thank you for sharing the embossed/de-bossed background! I wonder how you got the angle mirrored both ways/ if the scoring board has an angle guide so that the angle can be repeated both directions... Your creation came out so nice and I also appreciate that it's not Valentine-specific (expanding the usefulness of the set)! Thanks again for sharing your work!

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  67. Love this sweet simple card. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

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  68. Love these simple cards and the embossed background. So pretty!

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  69. love the raccoon! Great background too!

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  70. Clean and simple. Really nice! Thank you for sharing. Diana O

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  71. I don't know how I feel about the raccoon. I like it but I don't know. I love how it looks on both of your cards though. Do you know what I would love to see? I would love to see someone make the raccoon multi colored! That would be so cool! When I win this, I will have to make mine multi colored! Thank you for showing us your adorable cards and for giving us the chance to win something.

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  72. I am in love with these two cards, the background is stunning, you would not know it was scoring that had created that it looks more like a speciality card. I understand why you love that raccoon, I do too.

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  73. Fabulous card! I love how clean and simple it is and how you used the score board for the background! Thanks for sharing.

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  74. I live this idea of using the scoreboard to make these neat backgrounds. Thanks

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  75. That raccoon is so cute! I just love the purple hearts. Thanks for sharing!

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  76. What cute cards!! I love how simple you kept the background to allow that darling raccoon to take the spotlight! Gorgeous scored background!!

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  77. I love your sweet CAS raccoon cards!

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  78. I love how you incorporated the cute little raccoon into a Thank You Card. Your cards show that less can definitely be more.

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  79. Such lovely cards! Those raccoons are so adorable!

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  80. Beautiful kit, and I love what you've done with the add-ons. The scoring adds a little extra interest while keeping the card CAS, brilliant idea!

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  81. Gorgeous work Michelle. I have never used a scoreboard to score a whole background, i love the effect it gives, I must give it a go!

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  82. Such fun! I love this! Thank you for the inspiratioN!

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  83. Thanks for sharing! Love how you showed how versatile the cute little raccoon is!

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  84. Love the cute raccoons and the pretty color of the accent paper!

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  85. Thanks for showcasing the versatility of this adorable raccoon. Love the background idea!

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