Monthly Kit by Hero Arts – August 2017

Hello,

During the summer I spent way too much time watching card videos on youtube. I saw many talking about and using “monthly card kits”. I thought it was very exciting so I had a google around on different american sites to find monthly card kits and I found many interesting kits from different companies but I really liked the kits from Hero Arts.
As I live in UK there was much to think about. I thought long and hard, debated back and fourth in my head, made a pros and cons list and after a total of 10 seconds I decided to go for it!

So I signed myself up to the My Monthly Hero Kit on Hero Arts in July and I got my first kit in August. What I like about this kit is when the kit is announced, I think it’s usually the first Monday of each month, if you sign up you automatically receive an email when the kit comes out, you then have until the Friday to decide if you want to add anything else from Hero Arts shop to this kit and they will ship it all together and you won’t have to pay for additional shipping. It usually takes about a week from when they tell you it has been dispatched to it arrives in UK and then 2-3 days for Royal Mail to send me a note to pick it up from the depot. I have once tried receiving the pick up note after a week! You automatically receive an email saying your parcel has been delivered, but this only means that the Royal Mail has received your parcel, it has not arrived at your actual address yet!
So how much does it actually cost when you live in the UK to get the Hero Arts kit? well I pay around £33-35 each month depending on the currency exchange rate. I pay an additional card fee of around £0.90 and then I also pay additional VAT of 20% including a Royal mail handling fee of £8 (standard handling fee). VAT and Royal Mail fee usually adds up to £15 I have to pay when getting my parcel from the depot. I have once tried Royal Mail adding too much VAT (Cheeky buggers!) and all I did was posting a form via instructions on the VAT bill. I was then reimbursed for the amount I had due. I have not tried not getting hit by VAT yet. To sum it up I pay a total of £49 – 51 each month which I guess is a lot but I enjoy getting the kit.
My fiancee gets his monthly gin kit, I get my monthly stamp kit and it makes everybody  happy in this household!

I also want to say it’s a good idea to subscribe to the kits if you already like most of them, have a look at the previous kits and see what you think, instead of buying them individually after they are released because they often sell out extremely fast! If you subscribe then you are guaranteed a kit!

My first Monthly Hero Kit was the august 2017 kit you can see all the elements of the kit here. I was too eager ripping the parcel open when it arrived, rushing up to my craft attic to hug, cuddle the stamp set and do a victory dance, than to take a photo of it. I rarely remember/get time to take a photo of it unwrapped because I am so excited after I have opened it I can just stare at the stamp set for days until I get time to actually play with it. I take it with me everywhere, like a kid with a favourite toy.

Hero arts My Monthly Hero Kit August 2017

For these two cards I decided to try and make some watercoloured backgrounds. I have never done watercolouring before but I think it went very well for what I needed it for. I made one background more dramatic than the other one, but I wanted both to have some light areas where I wanted focus to be at.

For the first card I used one of my mum’s old wood block stamps for the writing in the background. It’s also a Hero Arts stamp. I heat embossed some golden stars and added some stamped and die cut pieces. The string I added by hand with a pen I thought it would be fun to add a heart so I did, used a promarker to give it some colour and added Glossy Accent on top. This card I gave to my fiancee and it is still on the mantelpiece on top of the fireplace in the lounge!

Hero arts My Monthly Hero Kit August 2017

The second card I wanted a bit different and decided to gold heat emboss some stardust. I wanted it to look like the girl is spreading it as she flies. I might have went a bit overboard with the sequins.. 🙂 The girl I stamped with Versamark and ink so it was possible for me to add clear embossing powder and heat set it. All I did was ink up in Versamark first and then ink with the colour I wanted and then stamp it, not double stamping. I did the same with the sentiment. You can use Misti for this and stamp the colour first and then stamp the Versamark on top, then add embossing powder and heat it. For the layered cardstock I actually used a pebeo gold marker to paint the edge of a piece of white cardstock gold to match the stars.

I’m very happy with my cards and I look very much forward to more kits from Hero Arts!

Supplies list:
My Monthly Hero Kit August 2017 – SOLD OUT
Old Lettering stamp from Hero Arts
Black cardstock
White cardstock
Watercolour paper
Blue cardstock
yellow scrap cardstock
Kohinoor watercolour
Deep Ocean and Indigo mini Ink from Hero Arts
Memento ink pad
Versamark pad
Gold embossing powder
Clear embossing powder
Pebeo artist marker, gold
Ruby Promarker
Black pen
Glossy Accent
Liquid Pearls

 

Pumpkin Card Mania!

Hello,

September was a busy month and can’t believe it has gone by so past and at the time of writing we are almost done with October as well! BUT autumn just started?!? At least Christmas will be here soon 🙂
I had a very successful Stampin’ Up! workshop in the beginning of September, my first one ever! People enjoyed it and had fun with the project and products. I was so surprised how it well it went. I also had some orders and as I always do when people order from me – I make thank you cards to give them with their orders 🙂

DC2E56C4-7AC9-4068-A422-6FC7659AF619

These are note card sized thank you cards and I used the Gourd Goodness, All Things Thanks and Timeless Textures stamp sets to make these cards.
For the background I stamped the wood textured stamp from Timeless Textures with Crumb Cake. I used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch to make tags out of designer series paper.  To the tag I tied on a bow out of Whisper White Solid Bakers Twine.
I cheated a tiny bit and used a Misti to mass produce pumpkins and leaves with. With that said I did fussy cut all of them out with scissors.
I placed all the bits out on the note cards and glued it down. I added a few sequins to each card and a tiny banner saying thank you.

Despite the fussy cutting it didn’t take me long to make a bunch of these cute little note cards. I had a lot of fun and I look forward to next time I need to make a bunch of similar cards. 🙂

Supplies list:
Gourd Goodness stamp set
All Things Thanks stamp set
Timeless Textures stamp set
Note cards – comes with tiny envelopes too!
Whisper white cardstock
Painted Autumn designer series paper
Pumpkin Pie ink pad
Peekaboo Peach ink pad
Cherry Cobbler ink pad
Wild Wasabi ink pad
Early Espresso ink pad
Scalloped Tag Topper punch
Fine-tip Glue Pen
Sequins
Whisper White Solid Bakers Twine

Glamorous Birthday Card

Hello!
My neighbour asked me if I had time to make a birthday card for her mum and of course I had time for it. She told me her mum was turning 80, her favourite colour is pink, she loves shopping and crime stories.
I thought crime stories was difficult to fit in with the other topics and decided to use the Beautiful you stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I also used a couple of retired Stampin’ Up! products (unfair I know!) as it just went really well together.

Stampin' Up!'s Beautiful you birthday card

The main colour for this card is Blushing Bride by Stampin’ Up! It’s a beautiful soft pink and gives the card a very feminine look. I coloured the lady by using a Blender pen to pick up colour from the blushing bride ink pad. I then covered her dress in glossy accent, you can also use the fine-tip glue pen from Stampin’ Up! for this, then I used tweezers to add sequins to the dress with.

I used my Cricut to cut the numbers with and I believe it was with the Story Book cartridge. I mainly use my Cricut for scrapbooking but it is also good for the odd job here and there when making cards.

I had lots of fun making this card and I love the way it turned out. My neighbour’s mum loved the card as well. It makes me happy knowing the receiver appreciated the effort I put into making this card, a whole lot of LOVE!

Supplies list:
Beautiful you stamp set
Blushing Bride cardstock
Vanilla cardstock
Blushing Bride ink pad
Memento ink pad
Blushing Bride glimmer paper (retired)
Vellum
Sequins
Blender Pen
Bundle of Love specialty designer series paper
Glossy Accent, alternatively Fine-Tip Glue Pen

Seasonal Lantern bundle by Stampin’ Up!

Hello,

It’s been a while since my last post! I have been busy with organising wedding and making wedding stationary. I’ll be making a post about it after the invites have been sent out. Lots have happened in the meantime. I did have my eyes out for Srampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalogue and when I saw it I knew I had to get the Seasonal Lantern bundle as I could see myself using this bundle for a lot of cards! I think this bundle is not just useful for Autumn and Christmas but also spring and summer. I can see myself making pastel coloured lanterns for a summer bbq card.
Stampin up seasonal lantern bundle 2017 holiday catalogue
The two cards I have to show today made with this bundle and are inspired by current and upcoming Christmas season (I love Christmas! You have been warned for future posts now!).
For the first card I used some make-up sponges for blending inks together on a white heat embossed background. It was very easy the inks blend very well on Whisper White cardstock. I buffed the cardstock with a dusting cloth to remove ink from the white heat embossed images then I sprayed a bit of water on it and dapped it off with tissue paper. I added a wide vellum banner. On top I made a wreath by die cutting some branches. I glued the vellum underneath where the sentiment and wreath is so the glue wouldn’t show through. It’s a fun and quick card to make.

seasonal lantern bundle from Stampin up
The second card is much more simple but just as pretty and easy to make. It’s the size of a notecard. I usually just buy a bunch from Stampin’ up! they come with a matching little envelope. I used the Quilted Christmas designer series paper for the background. On top I used a Foil Snowflake, a circle stitched die cut and inside that I stamped and die cut the branch from the bundle. I used a Blender Pen to pick up a tiny bit of colour from the stamped edge to add a bit of colout to the leaves. I gold heat embossed and die cut a bow and added the sentiment on a thin banner strip. It’s a card which can easily be mass produced.

Seasonal lantern bundle Stampin up holiday catalogue 2017

Supplies list (for both cards):
Seasonal Lantern bundle
Garden Green cardstock
Early Espresso cardstock
Tranquil Tide cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
White embossing powder
Embossing Buddy
Versamark pad
Make-up sponges
Early Espresso ink pad
Garden Green ink pad
Pumpkin Pie ink pad
Tranquil Tide ink pad
Blender pens
Vellum
Whisper White Bakers Twine
—————————
Note Card
Quilted Christmas designer series paper
Gold Foil Snowflake
Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Cherry Cobbler ink pad
Gold embossing powder