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Hero Arts December 2021 My Monthly Hero

Hello and welcome! Thanks for joining me today for the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero (MMH) blog hop. Can you believe this is the last kit for 2021?! Time really does fly by…

This kit really pulls at my heart strings. Being a military family, we are always away from our loved ones. December’s MMH is filled with beautiful sentiments and images to connect us to each other no matter the distance.


The December My Monthly Hero kit is a reminder that no matter where we live, near or far, in cities or in neighborhoods – through it all we’re here for each other. The kit includes a lively cityscape cling background stamp, a beautiful new cover plate die, and a clear stamp set containing useful messages for welcoming new neighbors, or letting friends and family know you are thinking of them. The images in the clear set have coordinating dies as well. Rounding out the kit is our popular Pitch Black cardstock, ink cubes (perfect for blending a gorgeous sunset) and adorable clothespin embellishments.
Kit Contents:• 4″ x 6″ Clear Stamp Set
• 11 Coordinating Frame Cuts
• Fancy Cover Plate Die (4.25″ x 5.5″)
• City Cling Stamp (6″ x 6″)
• 4 Sheets of Black Cardstock (5.5″ x 8.5″)
• 3 Reactive Ink Cubes (Berry Smoothie, Fruit Punch, Lemon Drop)
• 10 Clothespins

Kit Value: $70
Kit Cost: $34.99

I have 3 inspirational cards for you using this awesome kit. Let’s get started!

I started with a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch panel of Paradise cardstock and stamped a majority of the sentiments with Pool Party ink. I made sure to align them in my MISTI fitting them as close as possible covering the entire panel. I then used black cardstock and cut the images using the cover plate. I decided to cut some of the images off so it wouldn’t cover the sentiment background. The black panel was adhered using liquid glue. I then white heat embossed the sentiment and heart. I did adhere a small amount of black foam tape to the sentiment for dimension. The finished panel was adhered to an A2 top folding Paradise card base.

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The cover die included in this kit makes for an easy shaker card! I cut the cover die from white cardstock twice and adhered together with liquid glue. I knew I wanted my sentiment in the lower 1/3 of my panel so the laundry was cut from the bottom. For the background panel, I ink blended Pool Party, Blue Raspberry and Blue Hawaii ink onto white cardstock for an ombre look. I added a bit of texture (it’s a bit hard to see in the picture) by swiping the coordinating ink cubes across the panel. I stamped the sentiment in black ink in the lower 1/3 of the panel. To make the shaker, I applied a strong double sided tape to the back of the ink blended panel on all 4 sides. Recycled packaging was used to cover the front and adhered to 3 of the 4 sides. I filled the shaker with glitter and a few blue hearts just for fun. I then sealed the top and adhered the white cover image with a strong adhesive. The finished shaker was added to an A2 card base.

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I created this card by making my own stamps. Using the cover plate, I cut the laundry areas with fun foam (mine had an adhesive back which helped with stamping but you can use any temporary adhesive). I attached the “stamp” to my MISTI and stamped the panel with rainbow colors. The fun foam is thinner than a traditional stamp. If you are using a stamping tool, you will likely need to add something to make up for the difference. I added a scrap of foam and it worked perfectly. I added the sentiment with black ink and gave the panel a black matte. To give the background some interest, I cut the cover plate, selectively cut areas I did not want, and added it to a white card base. The colorful panel was adhered to the card base with liquid glue… That rainbow really pops against the white doesn’t it?!

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GIVEAWAY:We will give away a $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, Decembe 12th at 11:59pm Pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.
Hero Arts
Channin Pelletier
Dana Joy
Daniel West
Debi Adams
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Jessica Frost Ballas
Lydia Fiedler
Maria Willis
Michelle Short
Mindy Eggen
Pocono Pam
Seeka
Special Guests:
Jennifer Kotas
Meg Brooks <—You are here
Mirisha Dean
Nichol Spohr
Rebecca Keppel
Robin Marshall Clark

Have a great day everyone!

24 thoughts on “Hero Arts December 2021 My Monthly Hero”

  1. I love the background with the sentiments of the first one.
    Then what an original idea to make a shaker card.
    And number three with the colourful laundry lines is great !
    Thanks for this beautiful set of cards !!

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  2. Hi, Meg- I mean no slight to anyone else in the hop and there sure have been some beauties to see along the way, but I am exceptionally impressed w/ your offerings. The first one’s background is PURE GENIUS. I mean it. It’s a juxtaposition of all the sentiments against the image of being separated but having the connecting lines (of laundry and lights). It’s absolutely a winner, in my book. I think it’s my favorite card in the whole hop. The shaker card is also beautiful and so clever of you to have created. Finally, the “Let’s Hang Out” card is fiendishly smart… it’s punny but also I ADORE how you echoed the die cut in the white background. I’d have to see how you created that with the fun foam to understand it fully, but I think it’s incredibly fabulous!!! Thank you so much for these entries. They’re AMAZING!
    Lori S in PA

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  3. I need to say “exactly what Lori S said” as she eloquently stated all my thoughts, thanks ms. Lori. . That 1st card….wow.

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  4. Fun cards! I especially like the card where you made your own stamps and stamped all those cloths lines. So pretty and clever “let’s hand out”.

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  5. Wonderful thoughtful cards. Thank you for the military service. My family has military background. My hubby served in Air Force during Vietnam.
    Melissa
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

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  6. Love your work and the bright colors. Very clever with the “Let’s Hang Out” card; it really makes one study the mechanics behind its formation. Also, a BIG thanks to your military family for all that they do and all the sacrifices made.

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