Hero Arts September My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway!

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click HERE for the Reverse Confetti September Countdown to Confetti – Day One.

click HERE for the Simon Says Stamp – STAMPtember exclusive with SugarPea Designs.

Today is the day!  The Hero Arts September My Monthly Hero kit is now AVAILABLE.

You should have arrived here from the awesome Jessica Frost-Ballas’ blog!  If not, you’ll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the Hero Arts blog!

The Main Kit:  

 Kit contents: 
1 6″ x 8″ Color Layering Clear Stamp Set
8 Coordinating Frame cuts
5 Ink cubes (Butter Bar, Cup O’ Joe, Orange Soda, Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine)
3 Brass sunflower charms 
2 Brass leaf charms
2 5.5″ x 8.5″ Pumpkin Vellum 30lb
2 5.5″ x 8.5″ Moonrock Cardstock 80lb

The kit value is $70, an amazing deal at $34.99.  Did you know that Hero Arts has a My Monthly Hero Kit Subscription Service?!  Sign up so you never miss a release!

Check out the gorgeous September Optional Add-ons:


CG721 Vine Pattern Bold Prints Stamp

CM201 Color Layering Squirrel stamp set

 CM203 Color Layering Thanksgiving stamp set

REMEMBER, the MAIN KIT  is available for a limited time only…when it’s gone, it is GONE!  Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday, September 8th.  Remember that you can now SUBSCRIBE to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!  

Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (Hero Arts will reimburse if the winner has already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Monday, September 11th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts Blog the following week!

Today I’m sharing two projects using the various optional add-ons:

This first card uses the Starry Night Brushstroke Bold Prints along with Luna the Halloween Cat stamps and coordinating frame cuts.   
I used Distress Oxide inks with the Starry Night Brushstroke Bold Prints stamp.

Next up is a card that uses several of the new add-ons:

Let’s start with the base panels.  The Foliage Mix Layering Paper one has the Vine Pattern Bold Prints with Pine Bold Ink.  The Earth Mix Layering Paper has the Starry Night Brushstroke Bold Prints embossed in clear.  I cut a couple of the Autumn Icons Fancy Dies in Foliage and Sunshine
The cute squirrel has been stamped with 

Soft Vanilla (solid image)
Soft Brown (detail)
Soft Granite (outline)

The acorn:

Soft Vanilla (solid image)
Soft Brown (detail)

In case you missed it, I was up on the Hero Arts Blog on Sunday with this Countdown to Creativity project:


My focus was the Main Kit.  There is a vellum panel in between the background sunflowers and the single image which really makes it the focal point of my design.

That’s it for me, next up is the fabulous Clare Prezzia!  In case you get lost along the way, here’s the hop listing:

Amy Tsuruta 💚


121 thoughts on “Hero Arts September My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway!”

  1. Your cards are beautiful! I really liked the card example that you showed before the kit came out–it was wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing! (Peg)

  2. I love the Halloween card with the cats! That is such a cool card, but I do love the others as well. I cant wait to receive my kit with my cat add ons.

  3. The first card makes a great Halloween card. The use of vellum on the last card is very pretty way to spotlight the sunflower stamp.

  4. Beautiful cards! You really make me want this kit – thanks for the inspiration. Thank you for the chance to win!

  5. Beautiful cards! Have to say though that I am partial to that sunflower! Love the colors that you used! So pretty! Another amazing Hero Arts kit release! I just love it!

  6. So the last time you shared an HA release, I stopped immediately, even before finishing up my comment to you, and ran to their site to place an order…. I think I might be in trouble again, lol!!! I'm mad about these rich, Fall inks, and all those images – especially the Starry, Starry Night. Great release, and your cards are stunning. Yep…I'm in trouble!! : ) Bev

  7. I especially love the sunflower card with the vellum. It adds just the right touch of softness while still showing your beautiful work with the stamping. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Great cards to showcase this new release, Amy. Especially ike the oval framing on your Halloween card and the vellum interfacing on Sunday's card. Thanks for sharing your creativity on this blog hop.

  9. I love how you used the Starry Night bold prints background stamp in several ways. It is amazing how different the same stamp can look.

  10. I think the starry night background stamp is one of my favorites! I love what you did with this release! Beautiful cards!

  11. Before I even saw the name of the background, I thought "Oooh, that looks like Starry Night by Van Gogh!" That painting is fascinating and now there's a background stamp that captures some of the beautiful swirls and texture.

  12. Three Gorgeous cards, Amy! I especially love how you've used the two background stamps! Wonderful color choices!

  13. Awesome cards using these outstanding new products. I really like your sunflower card with the vellum layer. Soooo pretty!

  14. Beautiful set of cards!!! Adorable Halloween card!!! This little squirrel and sunflowers are absolutely gorgeous!!! Your coloring is, as always, amazing!!!

  15. Beautiful cards. The add-ons to this kit are great. Love that starry background and the layering thanksgiving stamps.

  16. Wonderful cards! I had seen the sunflowers with the vellum and loved it, but the Luna cat card is just so cute. My husband and I have 6 cats so I am anxious to have my Luna set arrive in the mail!

  17. Three great cards, Amy! Your first one definitely looks like a starry night. Looks like an awesome kit and people like you make it a fun hop.

  18. Great card designs. I love the colors you chose to use on the adorable squirrel. I can't wait to get my set in. TFS

  19. I love the use of vellum over your main panel. It's a very soft looking background with a punch of color on top. I love sunflowers.

  20. Some very nice cards! That cat looks great with the nice background! And the squirrel with the pumpkin.. a great design!

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